For too long our country has used our laws to hold back some while giving others advantage and privilege. It's time to level the playing field and ensure everyone has a chance to succeed. In order to make this happen, we must:
Freedom of Religion and Separation of Church and State are fundamental concepts in our constitution. Freedom of Religion means every person has the ability to find their own truth but it does not give them the authority to force their beliefs on anyone else or to discriminate based on their beliefs. No one has the right to force their standards and morality on another. We all must live by the Law of the Land, and the highest law in this land, our constitution, includes a definite separation between church and state.
Healthcare is a fundamental human right and no person should be denied treatment, care, or medication because it's cost-prohibitive. We need universal coverage. If that coverage is going to be Medicare For All then we must ensure that it covers:
This system will not only cost less than the current system, but will eliminate out of pocket costs associated with premiums, deductibles, and co-pays allowing every person to not only have insurance, but be able to use it. But Medicare as it currently stands is underfunded and not good enough. If it is going to be expanded to every person, then it must first be fixed.
As a result of the Opiate Epidemic, insurers have stopped covering lifesaving opiates for patients with debilitating chronic pain and doctors have stopped prescribing them. The policy of withholding opiates for pain management under the supervision of doctors for the sake of attempting to halt addiction is not only ineffective by forces those with debilitating pain to the bottle, the streets, or suicide as means of pain management. Less than 3% of chronic pain patients become addicted to their opiate medications. We must stand by UN's Human Right's Council resolution, which states "untreated pain is tantamount to torture or cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment". As a result, Amanda proposes a Pain Patient Bill of Rights be adopted immediately and included in an future healthcare reform bill. Included in the Pain Patient Bill of Rights is the patient's right:
Patients of all ages have the right to any medication that improves their condition or quality of life including medical marijuana. They should be able to use this medication without the fear of being denied care, stigmatized, or criminalized. It should also be covered by insurance when it's being used as a medication substitute. Currently, patients are paying out of pocket hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars a month for their Cannabis medication. That cost should be covered by our insurance carriers.
No one should go into debt for medical care. The effects this amount of unpaid debt can have on someone's life and credit can be disabling in and of itself. It can be used to deny housing and employment while trapping individuals in a cycle of fear, harassment, and poverty. Medical treatment is a necessity and should not result in financial burden that can affect every aspect of a person's life. Medical debt should be forgiven.
Our healthcare professionals are some of our most trusted members of our community and deserve respect in their jobs. Just like every other worker, they should be entitled to mandatory meal breaks and rest periods, as well as overtime and holiday pay. These professionals are tasked with caring for us and saving our lives. Right now medical malpractice is the 3rd leading cause of death in America, our healthcare professionals should receive the same rest periods as any other profession. They should also be properly compensated for the time they spend away from their own families caring for ours by ensuring they receive overtime and holiday pay.
We need to change our prison system from one based on incarceration and punishment to one based around rehabilitation. We cannot simply cage people and treat them like animal while still expecting them to act any different when they get out of jail. The United States has more people incarcerated than any other country. Each of these individuals deserves respect and basic rights, including the right to:
It's time to stop throwing poor minorities in jail for drug offenses. We need to decriminalize all drugs and stop treating addiction as a criminal offense.
The War on Drugs has prevented the study of medical uses of many substances. It's time we studied the medical uses of Cannabis and psilocybins. To do that we need to legalize Cannabis, and at very least, de-schedule psilocybins. Psilocybins have show promising in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With 20+ vets per day committing suicide,
These private facilities make money by denying care, services, and quality food. The more bodies they have in their facilities for the cheapest cost possible increases their company's profits. Prisons and detention facilities should be focused on rehabilitation and care, not profits. We need to put an end to facilities like this and start putting people above profits.
Our police should be tasked with the protection of everyone within its borders. We should not be giving the police military grade weaponry and protective equipment to use against civilians. In order for trust to be restored between the police and communities, the police should not look and act like a military unit implementing marital law.
No one should be incarcerated simply because they lack financial stability. The ability to post cash bail or afford proper representation shouldn't be the difference between freedom and incarceration. We need to put an end to:
The only way to save our planet from the catastrophic effects of climate change, we need to aggressively attack the issue head on. The Green New Deal is a step in that direction.
Plastic bags have become a major issue polluting our land and our oceans. We can stop the continued pollution and destruction to our oceans, land, and wild life by banning these bags. It will go a long way to helping keep the plastics out of our oceans and killing our animals.
Originally started in Oregon, the Bottle Bill has gained traction and is now functioning in 11 states with an annual return rate of 60-85%. It's time to take this bill nationwide and cut down on the amount of new plastics and products being produced.
Fracking has poisoned our water we need to live. We've poisoned our ground water which, in turn, has poisoned our children, ourselves, and our animals. It has also caused there to be earthquakes in areas they should not occur. It's time to ban this practice of pumping toxic chemicals into our ground to release Natural Gas. We need to commit to life and finding better, renewable sources of energy.
Oil spills have poisoned our waterways killing wildlife and industry alike. Expanding these operations when we already cannot protect the ones we already have from leaking.
These are the fundamental rights every person needs to survive. It's essential we protect these things from chemicals, pesticides, pollution, GMO's, and other toxic substances.
While gun ownership was guaranteed in our constitution that does not mean it should be without reasonable limit. We've lost too many citizens to senseless gun violence. Our children should be safe at home, in the school, in the car, walking to the store... The fact they are denied their Right to Life is a tragedy that must be rectified. Our children deserve better than having to fear being killed in school.
No civilian should own a weapon where the sole purpose is to fire off as many bullets as quickly as possible to kill as many as they can. These weapons are weapons of war and should not be held by civilians.
We must not give incentives to companies to hire part-time workers rather than full-time. We must remove these incentive by requiring all employers to provide:
Currently, Workers Comp Companies deny coverage and care to injured workers to increase their profits. This should not happen. We need to ensure the focus remains on the injured worker's rehabilitation and care rather than profits. A worker's body and care should not be worth more in one state over another. We need to ensure that all employees, no matter the state or size of the company, are ensured the same protections to promote the employee returning to work and protect those who become permanently disable due to their work related injury and cannot return to work.
ICE has become an organization synonymous with terror. After the horrendous policy of separating families and ICE's willingness to comply with such abhorrent policy, ICE can no longer be trusted to do the right thing and handle all immigrants with compassion and understanding.
ICE was a department created in 2002 in reaction to September 11, 2001. Since then they have been used as a weapon of the government to terrorize individuals and families while discriminating based on race. This country was able to function for over 200 years prior to ICE, we'll be able to function again after ICE is gone.
President Donald Trump's wall is not only a waste of tax payer money, but ineffective. It will not stop the flow of illegal drugs or undocumented people. All it will do is cost tax payers year after year as it is breached or broken. The wall is not simply a one time cost.
In addition, it disrupts the natural flow of wildlife that calls that area home. The economic and environmental impact of this presidential tantrum make the entire project a giant waste of money, time, and energy.
DREAMERS, for all intents and purposes, are American except for one crucial fact, they do not have the same legal protections as every other American. These young adults were brought into this country through no fault of their own and should be given every protection, right, and benefit that entails.
This disgusting policy should never have been a part of our immigration system. Not only should it NEVER happen again, but every family who had to deal with the trauma of forced separation, be reunited here in the United States and automatically given asylum so they can receive the counseling and services they need to heal after such a traumatic experience.
We need to change our policy that gives preference to the wealthy and corrupt while neglecting the poor and destitute who live under the fear and threat of violence. Everyone should be able to get an equal shot at entry into the United States which is why we need to protect and expand programs like the Visa Lottery.
A degree has become a prerequisite to obtaining a job but is no way the guarantee to the high paying career it once was. Students should not be forced into massive debt with no guarantee of a job after. The more students with a college education the stronger our country becomes. We must offer tuition free public college and university for all students who qualify for admittance.
Child care is one of the major expenses for working parents apart from rent. Removing this burden for parents with preschool age children will not only relieve that financial burden, but ensure all children are prepared for kindergarten and on the path to success.
Teachers are valued members of our community tasked with shaping our youth into functioning adults. Their pay should reflect the importance of their jobs.
For-profit schools use the promise of a better life and career to lure vulnerable and impressionable young adults with predatory lending and false promises they have no ability to deliver on. We need to protect our students from a life of crushing debt for the sake of someone else's profit.
Too many students have been convinced to take out massive student loans with the promise that a college education would ensure us a good paying job. We were lied to. Theses loans were forced on many low-income students who were told this was the only way to get a job and have a successful career. It's time we have a program to unburden students of their crippling debt which can prohibit them from getting a good job, buying a house or car, renting an apartment, etc.
Every candidate should be able to stand and be judged on their policies and beliefs, not the amount of money they can raise. We need to stop auctioning off our politicians to the highest bidder. With Publicly Funded Elections, our politicians can focus on their jobs rather than spending their time raising money for their party and future elections.
The United States prides itself on being the epitome of Democracy in the world. At the same time, we have a system that denies the will of the people. We need to fully embrace the political system we boast to the rest of the world and abolish the Electoral College. Let the will of the people speak for itself.
All members of Congress should have term limits. Career politicians allow the system to be corrupted for personal gain. In order to end the corruption and greed plaguing our country, we must have turn-over in Congress and ensure all people have the ability to run and win.
For too long, the super rich have profited from a broken tax system. They've manipulated laws and policies to profit them at the expense of every one else. It's time to ensure we fund the social programs that keep American families going with as much enthusiasm as we fund our military. We need to ensure the top 1% are paying their fair share by implementing a marginal tax rate that would only affect any income after $2.5 million. A 70% marginal tax rate would provide the capitol we need to ensure a basic living standard to the poorest Americans.
We need to stop giving big tax breaks and loopholes to the biggest companies and start redirecting those credits to small business to off-set the added expense that raising the minimum wage and providing benefits to all employees would cost.
The Trump and Bush tax cut took money directly from the poorest families to give big tax credits to individuals who already are some of the richest in the country. We need to stop giving money to those who already have more than enough and invest that money back into our families, communities, and crumbling infrastructure.
We should not be interfering with the sovereignty of other countries by implementing policies of regime change. We can support the people of other countries with humanitarian assistance, but under no circumstances should we be sending US troops into Venezuela.
The Iran Deal should be reinstated. We've had more confrontation and problems with Iran since Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal than when it was in place. As long as Iran continues to comply with the agreement, it never should have been ended and should be re-implemented immediately.
Our goal with other countries should be to strive for peace and mutual understanding. Under Obama, our policies in regards to Cuba, began to normalize. Trump unilaterally changed that. We must strive to revive the partnership that was established under the Obama administration.
Middle East peace is a delicate situation and should be treated as such. We need a 2-state solution that ensures the rights of both Israelis and Palestinian people. The US embassy should never have been moved to Jerusalem and the illegal settlements by the government of Israel should never have been acknowledged by the Trump administration. We need to ensure we are not favoring one side over the other and that all people in that area have a right to life, freedom, and happiness. We must remember that our role in the US is to help facilitate peace, not to make the situation worse.
We must stop supporting and propping up governments who commit blatant Human Rights Violations. Countries like EEAU, Bahrain, Qatar, and others should not be given the benefit of a US friendship and alliance while they torture and commit atrocities against their own people.