REPRESENTING OUR VALUES:
Kathleen Allen's Pro-Vision is a Return to 'People-First' Legislation and Leadership.
Government Must be a Partner in Our Healthcare and Not Dictate our Decisions.
Mothers bringing healthy babies into the world, preventive medicine that keeps a health concern from becoming a medical emergency, from cost-effective emergency services to ethical end-of-life treatment, healthcare is our shared responsibility, and we must recognize healthcare as a right for all Americans.
My PRO-Health platform prioritizes the health of American people over the profits of insurers and pharmaceutical companies. Since World War II, our federal government has filtered our country’s system of socialized medicine through our nation’s employers, in a way that has not been readily transparent to taxpayers. It has resulted in too few Americans being able to access the care they need by being uninsured, underinsured, or living with the threat of insured care being snatched away by the current administration and GOP leaders in the house and Senate. While a necessary market manipulation during World War II, this resulted in a market that prioritizes profits over the health and financial security of patients and their families. Our system must evolve to one that puts a greater value on the life and health of the American people.
We must reinvigorate our public health system with the robustness and transparency needed to educate Americans about the real risks to their health and welfare; from guns, drugs, and sexual behavior, while reminding Americans of the successes of a generation’s worth of vaccine programs.
Healthcare is a shared responsibility. Therefore, the single-payer plan should not include deductibles but should include copays as part of the system, as with Medicare now, but on a sliding-scale basis. By doing this, we fund the coverage at the point of purchase, but price leaves no one from receiving needed services.
- First, we must stabilize the current profit-based health insurance system by addressing the deficiencies in the ACA’s initial attempt to reforming the system.
- Then, we must enact a Single-Payer Healthcare Plan, comparable to Medicare, but available to all US citizens at birth, not age 65.
- We must remove previously enacted Congressional restrictions on Medicare’s (and the single-payer program) ability to negotiate prices for pharmaceuticals on behalf of Americans.
- We must require that healthcare providers and patient record systems migrate to electronic health records, with data-sets that utilize standard definitions and are shareable across all record delivery systems. This will ensure medical records follow patients wherever and whenever they need services, and facilitate research into best practices and promising treatment options.
I propose financial incentives for positive outcomes from conversations between provider and patient regarding best health practices. For example, people living with Diabetes who can keep their A1C levels below 8.0 could pay a reduced copay, while providers who can keep their population of people living with Diabetes below the same benchmark could earn a higher payment for the care they provide.
Enacting policies like this would de-link the incentives for fee-for-service medicine, which contributes to the current high cost of care while linking optimal health outcomes to the behaviors of patients and providers alike, which is too rare in America’s current healthcare market. Congress would not set or define health benchmarks used to measure the success of each patient and provider-based outcome, but rather would be based on a collaborative review by healthcare providers, researchers, and patient advocates.
Providing comprehensive and affordable healthcare coverage to all Americans is more than just talk, more than just policy, and more than a right to coverage, it is an essential piece of living a happy, healthy, and whole life.
- America’s single-payer plan must focus on whole body health, and include dental and vision coverage, with comprehensive MHSA treatment available.
- Comprehensive healthcare must include the full suite of maternal health services, including abortion.
- Employers will no longer be required to pay for coverage plans for their employees nor be given a tax break for that coverage. Instead, employers will pay a moderate tax on behalf of their employees, while employees will pay a graduated payroll contribution, as they now pay into Medicare, but with no upper-income limit on participation.
We must promote the use of preventive medicine and services which are much less expensive in the long run than emergency services or hospital-based treatment, especially for conditions delayed in diagnosis or which went undiagnosed or undertreated due to financial limitations or restrictions from insurers.
Americans deserve access to comprehensive medical services, including dental, vision and MHSA services which allows us to contribute to our fullest potential as individuals, family members, students, employees, and members of our community, and which supports our local economy and national well-being.
Pro-Mother and Pro-Baby, Pro-Man, Pro-Woman, Pro-Child
The Pro-Life slogan rings hollow with its focus solely on a mother’s womb, and its disregard for the value of a woman’s life and the value of all lives after birth. My Pro-Lives Platform reaffirms the value of the mother’s life while going beyond a limited focus on only women and infants. From comprehensive prenatal care, discussed in further detail in my Pro-Health Platform, through the lifespan, my Pro Lives platform focuses on strengthening current and creating new specific programs, centered around each stage of life.
- Comprehensive Sex Education
- Birth Control for Women – short-term, long-term and permanent
- Birth Control for Men – short-term and permanent (condoms, vasectomies)
- Comprehensive Prenatal, Delivery, and Post-Natal Care for Mothers and Infants
- Paid Maternity Leave up to 8 weeks, including for those in minimum-wage jobs
- Low-Cost Domestic Adoption System
- Enabling programs like WIC to be accessible to assist more families
- Subsidized Early Childhood Education
- Restore Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act – school nutrition standards
- Lifetime Social Services for severe congenital disabilities
I firmly believe that Black Lives Matter. I understand that this is not, and never has been, a repudiation of Blue Lives Matter, as all lives matter. Black Lives Matter is a recognition of the systemic racism in America that disproportionately impacts the lives of African-Americans and persons of color. There is a role for the federal government to unwind the regulatory policies, programs, and practices that devalue too many American lives. My Pro Lives Platform includes significant investment in early childhood education, as such programs offer some of the few keys to escaping poverty within a generation. We must also change public school disciplinary practices that segue too many minority adolescents from classroom to prison cell. Finally, rejection of the privatization of Social Security must happen, as it would move prioritization off earned retirement income from America’s hardworking employees and focus it on the extravagant bonuses of Wall Street executives.
Reclaim the American Dream by Empowering the American Workforce
The American Dream must once again captivate a generation and reward those who dedicate themselves to the great American work ethic. For too many Americans, their hard work is no longer rewarded with a livable wage, sustainable retirement, and benefits that provide employee and family the prosperity which the American Dream describes. We must demand better from our government and our employers.
Federal, state and local governments must take a stronger role in promoting the partnership of America’s corporations and their substantial influence on the quality of life of America’s workforce. In a great America, wages that are so low employees must seek public assistance is NOT a partnership. Unacceptable corporate tax breaks that line the pockets of executives but do nothing to improve the take-home pay of employees is NOT a partnership. Trade agreements that reward executives and shareholders while destroying the livelihoods and lives of American workers is NOT a partnership and must be renegotiated. Meanwhile, we must prioritize federal funding to support employment that serves the nation’s critical needs, including public education, healthcare, elder care, public safety, clean energy, and infrastructure revitalization and development.
The federal government must require greater transparency in corporate practices to reduce systemic disparities in hiring, promotions, and pay for minorities. The government must stop subsidizing corporate partnerships that benefit shareholders more than stakeholders. My focus on concrete job creation plans differs from the vague statements of “promote hiring” and “bring back jobs.”
The disappearance of a healthy middle class, who are barely hanging on to the quality of life enjoyed by prior generations, must stop. In a great America, our middle-class is not just stable; it is robust with employment opportunities, advancement, and economic prosperity, achievable for all who work for it.
The minority of the ultra-rich 1% and those they bankroll into public office to do their bidding, who control far too many of the avenues any of us might take to pursue the American Dream, is a nightmare we are all living today. I will draft and vote for legislation that encourages education, training, hiring, and paying a livable wage, to America’s workforce with incentives for companies who lead their industries with creation and hiring of these good jobs. I will advocate for renegotiation of trade agreements that don’t leave corporations and foreign countries free to take advantage of the American workforce and consumers and will promote government reinvestment in higher education.
Reinvest in vocational education programs in our nation’s public high schools.
Promote partnerships between community colleges and local employers, whereby students can get on-the-job training that doesn’t lead to student and familial debt.
Strengthen our public education system, and expand it to meet the needs of the 21st century, training and hiring the next generation of teachers in the subjects and geographic areas of high need, including ESL courses for immigrants.
Restore federal jobs lost to outsourcing to for-profit corporations. Our public goods and services should not come with the added premium of profits for large corporations and their stakeholders.
Expand upon our nation’s investment in clean energy and a reliable electrical system that meets the energy needs of modern America and protects our communities from the increasing threats of climate change.
Renegotiate international trade agreements to require other nations to practice on a level field with American workers concerning labor and environmental standards, workers’ rights, and good corporate governance, while restoring the responsibilities American companies have to American employees.
Honest investment in our criminal justice system in a move away from an inhumane for-profit, private prison system. Hire more public defenders to meet the needs of the nation’s low-income accused so that they do not languish for weeks, months, and sometimes years, before having their day in Court, or risk jail-time for their inability to pay tickets for minor infractions.
Our government must better support our safety and security through diplomacy, facilitating peace, and engaging with our world community.
America has been blessed to avoid the brunt of war on our shores during most of our 200+ year history, but we are not immune to terrorism and other challenges from the world beyond our borders. We have the mightiest military the world has ever known, but the threats we face now are financial, technological, electoral, and social, not just martial.
We must open our eyes to the threats we face, and be honest about the participants involved, whether they be long-time adversaries, foreign financial interests, or rogue agents. We must also recognize the non-human factors disrupting the world, such as income inequality, climate change, nationalism, and xenophobia.
Finally, we must honor our historic role in fostering peace and prosperity within our international community. We cannot close our eyes and pretend we are a nation alone on this Earth. Nor should we be naive about who truly threatens us or be terrorized by baseless propaganda, foreign or domestic. Instead, we must:
Re-engage with our allies through established diplomatic channels to address facing us all.
Reassert Congress’s role in declaring war, pass an updated Authorization for the use of Military Force and return to serving as a useful check on Presidential overreach abroad.
Demand honest accounting of our taxpayers’ money after authorizing every military intervention and listen well to the military experts who tell us if the expense, and loss of life and limb, brought us the safety we sought.
Fully meet the needs of our soldiers and their families, both during their deployments and as veterans, for as long as they need our support after they return from service.
The threats the Russian government currently represents have evolved from the days of the Cold War, but these threats are every bit as potentially catastrophic to our economy and way of life. The threats we face from terrorists in the Middle East, Africa, and Southeast Asia, are exacerbated by climate challenges, globalization, disease, and poverty, impacting those areas of the world. America must reclaim its status as the greatest free nation in the world by welcoming peaceful, hard-working immigrants and refugees, so we stop undermining our goals of domestic security.
War and terrorism cost lives and livelihoods, not just for our soldiers, but for all of us. By returning our foreign policy to actual diplomacy and while evolving our defenses to meet new threats, we will be safer here and abroad. For our District, with our many immigrant neighbors, we will all lead lives of greater peace and prosperity if our government is truly doing all that it can to protect us from threats foreign and domestic.
Our current practice of economic sanctions against Russia and North Korea must be strengthened in collaboration with our partners in the world markets.
Congress must reinvest in America’s diplomatic corps and international aid and development programs around the world, as they often prove to be more cost-effective in meeting our goals of reducing terrorist threats at home and abroad than military intervention.
We cannot allow our purported allies to continue to benefit financially from financial dealings with those who threaten us.
Congress and American corporations must invest significantly in our nation’s technological, communications, energy, election, and transportation, infrastructures to prepare our communities for the variety of threats we face now and in the coming years.