Healthcare for All
The United States is the wealthiest country in the world and spends more per capita on healthcare than any other nation. While spending more money on healthcare than any other country we fail to provide health insurance to millions of Americans, and millions more can’t access their health benefits because of cripplingly high deductibles.
Our healthcare dollars aren’t being spent wisely. Pharmaceutical and health insurance companies and being allowed to profit with no limits while people are dying because they can’t afford the cost of lifesaving medication, which has sometimes tripled in their lifetimes. Every other developed nation in the world doesn’t operate this way and it is time America catches up. I strongly support providing healthcare to every American through Medicare for All so that people can visit a doctor and get the healthcare they need without risking bankruptcy. By controlling costs through a medicare for all system we would be able to spend less money by spending it more effectively – while covering everyone.
The best plan I see out there right now is the Medicare for All Act of 2019. If elected I would look forward to working with my colleagues across the country in making sure we pass the most visionary and comprehensive solution possible to ensure that everyone is fully covered.
Check out this letter from 200+ Economists Who Support Medicare for All for more on how feasible a publicly financed healthcare system really is.
Income Inequality & the Federal Minimum Wage
Over my lifetime I’ve seen the cost of housing and living expenses steadily rise while the median average income has not risen to match. All we need to do is drive around our communities and talk to our neighbors to see that people are struggling.
People working full time should not be living in poverty, yet we have that happening all around us. I support raising the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour over a 2 year period and then making the minimum wage relative to the cost of housing in a metro region or county. I also support reinvesting in our communities by way of increased affordable housing options.
Cost of Housing
Rents are rising and incomes aren’t rising to match. Across the state, rates of homelessness are rising year after year. The federal government isn’t doing enough to help our neighbors who are struggling to keep a roof over their heads, evidenced by the fact that the proposed 2020 budget for HUD is down $8.6 billion from the 2019 budget.
We need more housing and different types of housing in this state to help keep people off the streets. We need to use our residential land more efficiently and provide truly affordable housing that working class people and retired folk can afford, housing that isn’t subject to the whims of the market.
In Congress, I will push for increased funding to keep people off the streets. Data tells us that the best way to save lives and end chronic homelessness is to simply house people. Give people the stability of a roof over their head and work with local agencies to provide wrap around services to help people get back on their feet.
Paid Family Medical Leave
When people are making the personal decision of starting a family or having another child, worry about losing their jobs shouldn’t be the first thing that comes to mind. In order to build a stronger society we need to support those that are raising the next generation.
I support paid family medical leave for 12 weeks for both parents after the birth of a child or adoption. We need to look at supporting families at all levels including providing options for people to work part-time without losing their benefits and allowing infants in more workplaces.
Children should spend as much of the first 2 years of their lives with their parents. Whenever that stops being possible it is on society to provide safe, high quality day care systems that are available to everyone.