Health Sense

“No one should have to choose between food and medicine”

Healthcare is the primary reason I got into this race.  I believe healthcare is a human right. As a three-time breast cancer survivor, I firmly believe no one should have to choose between food and medicine, between their health and their children’s future, or between financial ruin and their own child. 

Health care is a complex issue, but these are simple values we should uphold three ways:

Cover pre-existing conditions.  

Imagine someone you love got a double whammy: job loss and a cancer diagnosis.  Under the bill championed by my opponent, that loved one could be denied insurance coverage, making it hard to get a new job and impossible to treat their cancer.  We should not go back to the days when a pre-existing condition left us without coverage.

Cover all Americans

I’m open-minded on how to get to universal healthcare but get there we must. In voting to repeal the Affordable Care Act, my opponent chose to throw 24 million people off of their insurance, a move that would have increased premiums by 50% over three years.  I’ll do the opposite.

Seniors over drug companies

Right now, Medicare and Medicaid are prohibited from negotiating drug prices.  As a result, Americans pay more for common, necessary drugs like insulin than anywhere else.  Congress’s unwillingness to fix it is shameful and it threatens Medicare in the long term. We need to lower costs to help our seniors. 

This is the most important issue of the campaign. I’ll make a very non-politician statement:

If you disagree with me that pre-existing conditions should be covered, that all Americans should have access to health care, and that we should value our seniors over drug company profits, you should vote for my opponent.

But if you agree with me that there is a better way, that we can save lives and money, then I hope to earn your vote in November.

Gun Sense

“I believe in the Second Amendment …. But I don’t believe in the NRA’s radical, dangerous agenda.”

I strongly believe in a law-abiding citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.  But the push to allow anyone, no matter how dangerous, to have any any type of gun, no matter how lethal, is costing innocent lives.  And it needs to stop.

 In 1995, President George H.W. Bush renounced his lifetime membership in the National Rifle Association because the organization had become too extreme. I’m with him.  The NRA has come out against common sense, lifesaving measures. They stand in the way of saving the lives of tens of thousands of people killed by guns each year. 

The inability of Congress to pass common sense gun reform is not just a failure; it is immoral.  Here’s how I will both save lives and preserve our Second Amendment liberties:

Support universal background checks

The NRA used to support these and, according to a Fox News poll, 93% of Americans (and 89% of Republicans) do right now.  No wannabe criminal or terrorist should be able to legally buy a gun. States with laws requiring background checks for all purchases have lower homicide rates, lower suicide rates, and lower rates of gun trafficking.  It should be nationwide

Limit high-capacity magazines

You don’t need a 100-round magazine to protect your house or to hunt. You only need a 100-round magazine to maximize fear and carnage.  Limiting these magazines is just common sense.

Disarm abusers

Every month, 52 women are shot and killed by an intimate partner but many places don’t require convicted abusers to give up their guns. Laws that take guns away from abusers reduce the gun homicide rate by 15%. 

These laws are common sense.  And they will save lives.

Fiscal Sense

“We need to end corporate welfare.”

Our budget deficit will top $1 trillion this year because of 2018’s tax give-away. Of the Fortune 500 biggest companies in the United States, more than 60 of them paid not one dime in federal tax in 2018.  Some of them also get subsidies from the government, meaning they made more from the government than they paid.

They are escaping their responsibility by taking advantage of loopholes my opponent and his colleagues put in the law intentionally, like the ability to deduct the entire cost of private jets.

This is simply wrong and frankly un-American.

We need to rollback these tax giveaways.  But more than that, we need to end corporate welfare. Companies should rise or fall on their own merits — that’s real capitalism.

It’s time for real fiscal sense in Washington.  That means everyone pays their fair share: no more, no less. 

And when we invest, it shouldn’t be in picking corporate winners and losers.  It should be in the health of our neighbors, the care of our elderly, the future of our children.

Climate Sense

The science is clear. Our warming oceans are causing seas to rise, which hurts our most precious resources, our water, our coastline and our economy.

We are already seeing the impacts to the First Coast.

The combination of rising seas and stronger storms is making us more vulnerable. Hurricanes Matthew and Irma caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage to the First Coast and yet neither was a direct hit.

Salt water intrusion into our drinking water is already occurring and will only worsen as our greenhouse gases continue to rise.  Toxic algae blooms mean there are times when we can’t fish, can’t swim, can’t enjoy boating. The health of the river is suffering. 

Our whole quality of life and economy are at stake. 

Some of our neighborhoods already flood on sunny days and Mayport Naval Base will be breached if we don’t take resiliency seriously. 

So far our steps have been woefully inadequate. It’s time to invest wisely in green technology that will create good jobs and preserve the future for our children and grandchildren. The cost of inaction will be far greater.

In spite of overwhelming evidence to the contrary, my opponent continues to call climate change a hoax. We can’t afford this type of head in the sand mentality. We should be good stewards to the Earth God gave us.