A Better World is PossibleJul 24, 2018
My platform is putting workers first, healthcare for all, and guaranteed living wages by raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour.
And I can already hear the cries of the stale-minded opposition who want you to believe a better future for the greatest state in the union isn't possible.
It's what they said about Social Security. It's what they said about Medicare, the interstate system, public schools and the Postal Service. And it's why they starve those institutions of necessary funds to this day. They represent the power of the collective.
I am here to say we can achieve those goals and move towards a more equitable America. One where the zip code of your birth doesn't determine your destiny.
We can do this with a simple reranking of priorities. We live in a country that only asks "How will you pay for this?" if it's a program that benefits everyday people. The opposition just added a trillion dollars to the national debt to reward their donor class. Nobody in power asked "How will we pay for this?" before passing it in the dead of night despite 30 years of evidence that trickle-down economics is a sham.
The fact is most Americans already pay for universal health coverage; they just don't receive it. Nobody in the world pays more and receives less for healthcare than Americans. Ensuring universal coverage would in fact save everyday Americans money and give them the piece of mind that their families will be taken care of—no matter it be from a broken leg to a pre-existing connection.
The only way to ensure this is to remove profit from the equation. It's the only way to prevent disgraces like this:
A better world is possible, it just requires a new breed of politicians that aren't beholden to Big Pharma lobbies. I'm the only candidate in this race that can say they haven't taken money from Big Energy and other corporations seeking to maintain the status quo.
The status quo isn't working for a majority of Americans. And while this election isn't about a revolution—after all, I would only be one of a 99-member state legislature—these are my ambitions for a society where insurance companies aren't allowed to pray on our sick and vulnerable. After all, the only guarantee in life is that at some point we're going to need it. Nobody should have to bankrupt themselves to obtain it, either.