Every person deserves a life of security, dignity, happiness and wellness. As your Congresswoman, I will work tirelessly to promote these ideals because I believe in an America that is fair, competitive and collaborative.
It should go without saying, but healthcare is a basic human right. A human right that every American should have is access to healthcare, and in order for that to happen, we have to make the Affordable Care Act competitive.
We have to establish a Public Option which will allow people to buy into Medicare, paid by premiums and deductibles. There needs to be a federal plan which can compete with private insurance and fosters a competitive economy.
We also need to establish a National Insurance Exchange. This will drive further competition and will allow people to buy insurance, not only in their state, but comparable ones nationally.
And finally, we need to elect governors who will expand Medicaid.
There is no denying that climate change plagues all of us as a people, especially as Texans rebuild from Hurricane Harvey. Climate change has increased the intensity and frequency of storms like Harvey; has resulted in crop failure; melting of the permafrost and forest fires like we’ve never seen before. The good news is we know how to slow it down, even stop it.
Texas needs to diversify its energy investment. We are currently leading the nation in wind energy - our topography and independent electric grid allows us to do so. We need to work hand in hand with our allies in the oil and gas industry to use their infrastructure to continue the development of wind energy.
America’s foundation is built on immigrants. Our strength, success and security depend on immigrants who continue to build our great nation. Any good, honest immigration reform must reflect the values of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, who come to America for a better life.
In America, we do not hold the child responsible for the crimes of their parents. We must support a clean Dream Act which ensures that ‘Dreamers’ who were brought to the United States as children and have made this country their home are provided an immediate path to citizenship. We must encourage and facilitate family reunification and invest in those who believe in the American Dream and want to contribute to our country.
There should be no argument that the best investment in our future is an investment in education. Graduates who are highly skilled, critical thinkers, and debt-free will be able to strengthen our workforce in ways that will ensure the United States of America thrives as an innovative global competitor.
I support debt-free college and know we have the money available to make the investment in education. Republicans just passed a 1.5 trillion dollar tax cut that benefited the billionaires, which translates into about 150 billion dollars a year. Research shows that on the high end, debt free college would cost 80 billion annually, so the money is there. In Congress, I will prioritize the next generation of the middle class over today’s billionaire donor class.
Texas has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world. Being home to the world’s most prestigious Medical Center, this is unacceptable. We must ensure that women have access to affordable and quality healthcare, which includes the right to choose, access to birth control and emergency contraception. I stand behind Planned Parenthood, not only because it provides these services, but several others including testing and treating sexually transmitted infections, pap smears, cancer screenings and wellness exams for both women and men.
I believe that a woman’s healthcare decisions should only be between her and her doctor, PERIOD.