Single Payer Healthcare

  • Under the single-payer legislation in Congress (H.R. 676):

    Everyone would receive comprehensive healthcare coverage under single-payer; 
  • Care would be based on need, not on ability to pay; 
  • Employers would no longer be responsible for health care costs and coverage decisions; 
  • Single-payer would reduce costs by 24%, saving $829 billion in the first year by cutting administrative waste and allowing negotiation of prescription drugs (Friedman, 2013); and 

Single-payer would create savings for 95% of the population. Only the top 5% would pay slightly more. (Friedman, 2013)

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Gun Safety

Reinstate the Assault Weapons Ban

 

Compared with the 10-year period before the ban, the number of gun massacres during the ban period fell by 37 percent, and the number of people dying from gun massacres fell by 43 percent. But after the ban lapsed in 2004, the numbers shot up again — an astonishing 183 percent increase in massacres and a 239 percent increase in massacre deaths.

 

Unshackle the CDC and NIH and allow them to study gun related deaths as what they are, a Public Health crisis. We can then use the data to write laws that make sense and save lives. 

 

Economy

  • Demand that large corporations and the top 1% pay their fair share by implementing a progressive tax system, which provides everyone the opportunity to live the American Dream.

  • Increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour, now.

  • Provide free job training and wage assistance programs to those who are pushed out and left behind by globalization.

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Education

  • Support our public school teachers.

 

  • Improve teacher recruitment and retention. 
  • Make job training and tuition at all public colleges free. We must invest in our greatest resource, us, so our nation can thrive in an ever changing, highly-competitive, global economy. 
  • Stop the federal government from profiting on student loans. 
  • Cut student loan rates in half. 
  • Ensure high quality childcare and Pre-K for all children. 
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Agriculture

  • Ensuring adequate safety nets for farmers, including crop insurance that fully covers unforeseen losses. 
  • Helping young farmers enter agriculture as a career. 
  • Investing in diverse farming, such as organic and sustainable crops, to meet demand. 
  • Appropriating funds for rural development and infrastructure.
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Climate Change

  • 97% of scientists agree that our climate is changing and we are the cause. 
  • Our actions are having a negative impact on the quality of our water and air. 
  • There are days when the air quality is so poor that my dad can’t even go outside. 
  • We must invest in clean energy, which will also create good paying jobs. We must act now. Our kids are counting on us. 

We must dramatically reduce carbon emissions. One important step towards achieving this goal is weaning ourselves off of fossil fuels by investing in and making the switch to clean energy. The wind turbines we see throughout southern Minnesota are a fantastic example of how investing in clean energy options has already created good paying jobs for our rural communities.

 

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Social Justice

  • Ensure funding for Planned Parenthood, now and in the future. 
  • Secure equal pay for equal work. It is disgraceful that white women earn only 
  • 79 cents for every dollar a man earns and women of color earn even less. 
  • Expand and protect reproductive rights. 
  • Increase investments in the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program. 
  • Provide paid family and sick leave to all American workers. 

 

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