On the Issues

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Ensuring everyone has access to high quality, affordable health care.

Our healthcare system is broken, and it’s going to take a lot to fix it. I want to make sure every Michigander has access to high quality affordable health care, regardless of where they live or what their personal financial situation is. I am supportive of Medicare for All. One of the pieces I really like is how the current version of the bill tackles long-term care supports for seniors, something that I have been working on in the Michigan Legislature. However, I’m not wedded to only one way of solving the healthcare crisis – that’s why in the Legislature I have supported multiple ways forward including a state based single payer system. While we work through important questions and details on any specific plan, it’s clear that moving to a system where every American is covered will continue to bring the cost of healthcare down while helping more people live healthier lives.

While Americans are having to make decisions between paying their bills or putting food on their tables and being able to afford life-saving medication, Big Pharma kicked off the new year by raising prices on 250 prescription drugs. In Congress, l’ll stand up to pharmaceutical companies and fight for more affordable prescription drugs and letting the government negotiate prices for Medicare patients.

As the nature of work, our population, and communities change, we must make sure everyone has access to affordable, quality long-term care. As a state legislator who talks to hundreds of older Michiganders every year, I have seen firsthand how important it is that they and their families receive the support they need. Over the years, more and more families ask me what kind of help is available for them and their loved ones – a working daughter whose mother with Alzheimer’s can no longer live alone; a woman whose husband with Parkinson’s needs more help than she can provide as she herself gets older; older Michiganders who live alone and are struggling to keep themselves safe and healthy without support. It pains me that there is little we can offer them, for what many of them need – affordable, high-quality long-term care – simply doesn’t exist.

As a State Representative I have been working to find affordable long-term solutions for our seniors. In 2018, I built a bipartisan coalition to pass legislation to conduct a landmark study of long-term care in Michigan and explore and propose real policy solutions for the state to pursue. If elected to Congress, among my first priorities will be reforming our healthcare system to provide long-term care solutions for seniors. 

I support a woman’s right to make decisions about her own body. I support Roe v Wade. If elected I will continue to protect a woman’s right to choose as I have done my entire career. Additionally, I believe we must reinstate Title X funding to Planned Parenthood so they can continue to provide quality low-cost healthcare and reproductive health services to every American.

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Protecting our environment and taking action on climate change

Climate change is already resulting in intense and unpredictable natural disasters, changes in the health of our food crops, drought and water problems, and more. Severe weather due to climate change is disrupting global supply chains and putting Michigan companies and the state’s economy at risk – in the last five years, the state has experienced 11 climate- or weather-related disasters that each topped $1 billion in damages affecting farmers, manufacturers and other businesses across the state. We must take urgent and bold action to address the climate crisis and invest in sustainable infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century.

A lot of people try to use scare tactics about the Green New Deal. Here is what I am for:

  • Windmills, solar panels, and other new technologies are one of the brightest sectors for bringing good-paying manufacturing jobs back to Michigan. If we don’t build them here, we’ll be buying these things from China.
  • There are also potentially tens of thousands of U.S. jobs to be had in climate resilience — that is, bracing for the impacts of climate change that are already upon us. But this infrastructure work needs to start now, as the costs for it, and the potential damage if it is ignored, gets more expensive the longer we wait.

Climate change is already resulting in more intense and unpredictable natural disasters, changes in the health of our food crops, drought and water problems, and more. We must take urgent and bold action to address the climate crisis including investing in sustainable infrastructure to meet the energy demands of the 21st century with 100% clean energy sources.

The safety of our drinking water should never be in question. Yet families all across Michigan, and the country, cannot trust the water coming from their faucets because for too long the safety of our water has been taken for granted. Companies were allowed to come into our communities and pollute our water as though it is merely the cost of doing business. We must act and treat this with the seriousness that it demands and make investments in our water infrastructure to deal with pollutants in our water like those from aging infrastructure like lead pipes, and from industrial pollutants left behind from companies who irresponsibly stored and dumped hazardous waste. In Congress, I’ll fight to invest in our water infrastructure so that no family has to question if the water coming out of their faucet is safe for their families.

Throughout the country, millions of acres of forests, mountains, rivers, and plains have been preserved for the public good. They’re where we go to relax, to explore, for recreation, and to find inspiration. Unfortunately, our public lands are under attack by special interest groups and their political allies in Washington who are trying to sell them off to the oil, gas, and coal industries. Our public lands should be protected and celebrated, not sold off to corporate special interests. In Congress, I’ll fight to protect our public lands and our Great Lakes for future generations to enjoy.

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Reforming our politics to fight corruption, end dark money, and protect the vote.

Big money in our politics is standing in the way of progress being made on the issues that matter most to Michigan’s working families. Whether it’s skyrocketing prescription drug costs, addressing the impacts of climate change, or investing in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, our country is facing massive threats to our economic security and the future of our families. Instead of producing results, the politics and partisanship of Washington are making matters worse instead of better because too many politicians in Washington answer to the corporate interests that fund their re-election campaigns instead of the people who live in their Districts.

It’s time we fix the corrupt system in Washington and put people and community back at the center of our decisions, which is why I’m running to represent Michigan in the U.S. Congress.

As a State Representative, I have a record of fighting to enact non-partisan redistricting, improving transparency and ethics in Michigan, and reducing the amount of money in politics. In 2017, I was proud to introduce the Voters Bill of Rights in the Michigan Legislature, a similar version of which became Proposal 3 and ushered in a new era of pro-voter laws in the state. If elected to Congress, one of my first priorities will be reforming our politics to fight corruption, end dark money, and protect the right to vote.

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Creating jobs and rebuilding the middle class

As our economy becomes more unpredictable, financial security and stability is out of reach for Michiganders from all walks of life. The middle class of yesterday feels like it has been replaced with side hustles, benefit cuts, and outsourcing. In order to truly reinvigorate the middle class jobs, we must work to find new solutions to the questions of the twenty-first century. We must create an American economy that invests in American workers — through a living wage, new training programs, and reinvigorated unions. America has tried tax cuts and special giveaways to the biggest corporations, and they haven’t worked. While large corporations post record profits year after year, our working families are only falling further behind. We do best when we invest in people through training and education and our programs targeted to small businesses, entrepreneurs, and quality manufacturing. 

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Equal Justice and Civil Rights for all

All people should have the guarantee of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. It’s past time to expand our nondiscrimination laws to ensure regardless of someone’s religion, race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, height, weight, familial status, or marital status, everyone has the same opportunity to work hard and succeed. We need to make sure we’re looking at the ways people have access to justice.  When we see patterns emerge denying people access to equality, like wage inequality based on gender or policing patterns that target people of color, we have to change those systems. We also have to adapt to a growing set of challenges. Cyber security and protections for our privacy and data are the civil rights battles of the twenty-first century. We need to fight for a free and open internet.  We need to resist new forms of censorship. Technology will continue to advance, and we need to be responsive so our rights are protected along the way.

The racism we see in our system is structural, and must be addressed as such. That means changing the laws, policies, and practices that prop up injustice and corruption in our criminal justice system.