Michael Rice

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Michael Rice is a State Representative from Rhode Island.

DSA member

In 2003 Michael Rice, a Democratic Socialists of America "life member" from Delmar, New York, wrote a letter to Democratic Left, Fall issue, criticizing DSA for not supporting Dennis Kucinich.[1]

As a life member of DSA, I am appalled at the hesitation of the DSA-PAC to endorse Dennis Kucinich for the Democratic nomination to run for President.ALL the values of DSA are shared by Kucinich – and no other candidate comes even close. Above all, the aim of DSA should be (and IS, according to “DSA first statement on 2004 elections”) to move the Democratic Party to the left, especially on foreign policy and economic issues. If you are waiting for a reincarnation of Eugene V. Debs, you need look no further than Dennis. If you are hesitating ongrounds of “electability,”you’re reallyno better than the politicians who use the wet-finger-in-the-wind test...

Supported Progressive Health Care Reform

In late 2009, Michael Rice was one of more than 1,000 state legislators to sign a letter entitled "State Legislators for Progressive Health Care Reform". The letter was a project of the Progressive States Network and was developed in consultation with national health care reform advocates, including the AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Community Catalyst, Families USA, Herndon Alliance, National Women's Law Center, Northeast Action, SEIU, and Universal Health Care Action Network. The letter reads in part,[2]

"Failure to pass national comprehensive health reform now will further jeopardize state and local budgets, undermining public services like education, public safety, and transportation infrastructure... We, the undersigned, call on President Obama and the Congress to enact bold and comprehensive health care reform this year – based on these principles and a strong federal-state collaboration – and pledge our support as state legislators and allies in pursuit of guaranteed, high quality, affordable health care for all."