I support single-payer health coverage that provides comprehensive coverage for everyone. Nobody should ever have to make a decision if their loved one lives or dies because they don’t have health insurance. Nobody should go bankrupt or stay in a job they do not like just for health insurance or not take their medication because they cannot afford it.
Planned Parenthood provides medical care to low income women, cancer screenings, family health planning. Without Planned Parenthood unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases will increase. Government needs to expand funding for this organization that does so much good for the community.
Health care is not just for the privileged who can afford it, but a right for everyone. Everyone deserves and should have quality medical care which includes pre-existing conditions. I will also make sure that Congress does not try to sneak in “genetic predisposed” law or discriminate against the LGBTQA Community to stop them from receiving the coverage they deserve.
I will also fight to make sure the cost of prescription drugs are lowered. A little known fact is that unexpired prescription drugs are thrown away by nursing homes after patients die. The drugs could be given to patients who couldn’t otherwise afford them.
I will introduce a bill that would allow sealed and unexpired medications to be donated to approved medical clinics for disbursement to those who need the medicine but cannot afford it.
Health care is freedom. It allows our economy to flourish, people can move from a low paying job to another job that offers more opportunities for advancement. Companies will have more money to pay higher wages or invest back into their business. When you have your health, you have options.
The only way to improve our future is through education. We should have debt-free tuition for public Community Colleges, Universities and Vocational Schools. Students who still need help with books and housing can apply for a student loan. Student loans will not have an interest rate of more than 2%.
Those who now have Student Loans may refinance to the lower interest rate or they may sign up to work two years in a high-need area of their chosen study and their loan will be forgiven.
I will also support funding for quality child care on campus. This will enable working parents with children to continue their education and break the cycle of poverty.
Education budgets in the Pre-K – 12 grades must be expanded. We need to increase our teacher’s pay, advocate for all students with different learning abilities to have the resources to succeed and that classrooms have the supplies they need. No teacher should ever have to reach into their pocket to supply their classroom with basic needs such as paper, crayons or even books to do their job.
We need to strengthen our K-16 to be competitive with other countries, so we can keep our brain trust here. Expand our vocational schools and invest in training programs for workers who will be displaced due to technological advancements, so the transition is seamless.
Another aspect of education that is not discussed nearly enough is early childhood education including Head Start and Early Head Start. When we invest in early childhood, we really change outcomes for children and families (and save tax payers money- lots of return when investing in early childhood education). A child’s brain is 90% full grown by the time they are 5 years old and the most rapid brain growth and development is birth through 3 years old. Birth to five years old is how we really make a huge difference!
Education is freedom. With education we rise out of poverty, become leaders in technology and cure diseases to name a few items.
Joan Greene supports Public Education.
We need to invest in our infrastructure. This includes: fixing our roads and bridges, supporting public transit options, investing in our waterway systems so we have safe drinking water, modernizing our dams and levees to improve safety and generate clean energy.
I am a small business owner with real world experience for what we need to do to help small business’ survive and thrive. We need to cut the red tape, expand access to capital, and provide tax relief. With a single-payer health coverage this allows more profit to stay in the company and the owners can invest in technology, hire more workers or expand their business to other markets.
85% of Arizona days is sunshine, and we should be leading in the field of solar. Solar will create jobs that delivers power without wasting water. Not being a leader in solar means we are also losing business opportunities from corporations who will not relocate to Arizona because of our energy and education policies.
Arizona is a desert climate and along with other states, population growth and expanding urban areas will increase water demand. Communities will be challenged to deliver water and ensure enough water for environmental needs. We need to make sure we are exploring new methods to harvest rainwater and storm water, which provides a multitude of benefits, including water savings, reduced flood peaks and reduction of urban heat island effects.
Joan Greene supports a level playing field for all of us.