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Working together is integral to our Democracy.

Our government will not function if we are divided. I will bridge that gap, with an open mind and morals. The constant infighting is just hurting our country. Working together, we can find a way to heal.

 

Healthcare is a basic human right.

This is obvious. Affordable healthcare should be a reality, not a dream. Private insurance should still be optional, but at a fixed price tier. Affordable prescription drug pricing is also crucial. 

 

Living wage.

Working two jobs just to get by is not the American Dream. Congress just passed a bill to raise the minimum wage to $15.00 an hour by 2024. The wage increase would include "tipping" jobs.  https://www.npr.org/2019/03/06/700350237/bill-raising-federal-minimum-wage-to-15-heads-to-u-s-house-floor

Veterans.

Our veterans deserve so much more from our country. Especially those with PTSD. I have a brother that served 4 terms in Iraq and he has this condition. MISSION Act is a start, but more is needed.  https://www.villages-news.com/va-mission-act-takes-first-step-in-delivering-what-our-veterans-desperately-need/

Tax cut?

The new tax laws passed by the Trump administration are mainly to benefit corporations and the 1% wealthiest in our nation.

A lot of people had to PAY taxes this year where usually there is a refund. Self-employed individuals were hard hit. After the tax cut went into effect, my husband and I expected a nice Christmas bonus, you know, the "trickle down" effect? My husband is employed by a global, Fortune 500 company. This was his 2018 Christmas bonus: a coffee mug, 2 red taper candles and 5 peanut butter cups. Not kidding. Some trickle down effect.

What actually happened was that large corporations took the money freed up by cuts and reinvested in the company, usually by stock purchases.

It was not invested in the work force.


Opioid crisis

Michigan prescribers use the MAPS system to track controlled substances. In 2017 & 2018, prescriptions dropped 15%. In 2017, a record high of deaths, 1,941, are attributed to opioid overdoses.

Some first time users of heroin are people unable to get prescriptions for opioids or can't buy from pill dealers. Heroin is largely now cut with Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, 50 times stronger than morphine. These related fentanyl deaths are up to 33.3% in 2015, from an 8.7% figure from 2005.

We need to focus more on communities hardest hit, with an emphasis on rehabilitation not incarceration. Our rural areas are definitely in need of better opportunities for treatment, counselling and family aid. 


Health Care

I firmly believe that healthcare is a basic human right. Everyone has that right to healthcare. I believe our system is broken, with mortality rates for infants and adults increasing.

We are one of the wealthiest countries on the planet, yet we don't offer free healthcare? The insurance system must be fixed. The problem is complex and will require much attention. It can be done, however.

The taxes already taken out of your check for Medicare and Medicaid pay for healthcare already. Then your check is deducted for private insurance premiums. Why not pay a bit more into Medicare instead of paying for insurance? The money saved by an individual or family would be welcome. Private insurance could be offered in a fixed price tier and lower pharmaceutical costs, capping the top co-pay at $5.

This is a workable plan that would benefit Americans enormously, end the price gouging and ensure that all Americans have the basic human right to healthcare.

 


Trade Wars

Trade wars with various countries has put the United States on track for a recession. Yes, the stock market is at an all time high, but it's been at this level for over a year.

Meaning, no real gains and losses instead. The unemployment rate doesn't include statistics for: people quitting jobs, retirement or people working 2 jobs. The wages for new jobs has remained stagnant, which means we are paying more for cost of living, yet not making enough to have an emergency fund.


Climate Change

Climate change is real. It's happening all around us. America needs to lead the way for innovation on this crisis. 



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