Summary

My stance on

Health Care

I believe health care is a right, and not a privilege for the rich or folks lucky enough to be employed by a company offering medical coverage as a benefit. I would work tirelessly to continue the basic coverage features of the Affordable Care Act. In addition, I would encourage my colleagues in Congress to push this to the next level, which is health care for all. All other advanced countries in the world have found a way to accomplish this goal. My confidence in American ingenuity and innovation to solve this problem is steadfast. A recent Gallop poll indicates nearly six in ten Americans want a single-payer system. Even Republicans support the idea with 41 percent favoring a single-payer system.

Medicare is the model we are most familiar with as a single-payer program and most people have favorable opinions about it. Medicare-for-All would require people to pay premiums on a sliding scale. In addition, people would have access to regular doctor’s visits to provide them with preventative care, which keeps people healthier and happier, thus reducing overall costs. We need to reduce the reliance on hospital emergency rooms for non-emergent health care. By proactively making drug, alcohol and mental health care treatment widely available, we get much closer to solving these devastating public-health issues.

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My stance on

Climate Change

We cannot ignore the changes occurring on our planet. We already know they are responsible for new migration patterns of people as they seek food or water. And in some areas of the globe people are retreating from too much water. We have two choices, be a leader on this issue or be left behind. We need a leader on the issue of climate change, a person who will work with others to find solutions to a problem that is real and not going away. You deserve a leader willing to dig deep into how proposals affect working people and to see through the distortions promoted by the money interests in this issue.

It would be extremely short sided to return to the use of fossil fuels to sustain and grow our economy, especially when we have already incorporated so many new, advanced technologies that use clean sources of energy. The decisions we make today will affect what we leave behind for our children and grandchildren.

The people of the 4th Congressional District deserve a leader adept at independent thinking to make the long-term decisions that are in our best interest.

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My stance on

Consumer Financial Protection

The level of greed displayed by many of the wealthiest people and corporations in our nation today is frankly appalling. It's also the strongest argument for the need to embrace collective rule making. If we didn't have laws to create a sense of fairness, we'd still be in the system of land barons and serfs.  

There's a trend underway to break apart that fairness and give unfettered advantage to the already rich. We are watching that play out in decisions about health care, the proposed return to fossil fuels and allowing your browser history to be sold to advertisers. In addition, the attacks on net neutrality to allow for different levels of pay for the Internet, tax reform proposals giving the biggest breaks to the rich, and the recent House vote to eliminate most of the 2009 Dodd-Frank legislation are all alarming.  

Greed brought our nation to its knees in 2007. Wall Street investors took advantage of every loophole to create increasingly risky financial ventures. They have demonstrated they cannot be trusted with our money. Smart, strong and independent leaders would not vote to eliminate the protections established by the Dodd-Frank legislation.

We need an independent leader in the 4th Congressional District to represent your best interests, not the interests of the wealthiest and big corporations. 

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My stance on

Republican Tax Plan

The top 1% of Americans will pay substantially less in taxes, and some corporations may end up paying nothing in this new tax plan. Republicans plan to vote on their massive overhaul of the tax code. Economists have repeatedly told us the economy is stimulated when people have more money to spend. But a sizable portion of the middle class will pay more, not less. Americans in states with an income or sales tax will no longer be able to deduct those taxes from their federal taxes. 

Under the Republican plan, corporate tax cuts are permanent, while middle class cuts will expire in eight years. This scheme allows Senate Republicans the luxury of passing their bill with a simple majority, rather than the 60 votes they would otherwise require.

At a time when our nation desperately needs health care for all citizens, a massive infrastructure upgrade, and economic policy that narrows the wealth gap, not widens it, this Republican tax plan takes us in the wrong direction.

All you have to do is ask, WHO BENEFITS?

 
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My stance on

Immigration

Congress has been kicking this can down the road for more than two decades. I believe now is the ideal time to find a solution to immigration that will not only benefit thousands of people living in our congressional district, but will bolster our local economies as well.

I will be a strong voice in Congress to demand we address this issue now, not later. Creating a path to citizenship for eligible individuals is our future. This system must include a detailed application process and a stringent e-verify program. In addition, we need a manageable Agricultural Guest Worker program.

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