Premiums for individuals and small businesses are NOT affordable. We need a single payer system like the VA or Medicare that works for all Americans. We also need better diet and exercise habits to bring the overall cost down when possible. This should also be more accessible at the community level.
1) Make Medical and Dental School more affordable so that healthcare providers are not in debt most of their working careers and adds to the cost of healthcare
2) Make reimbursements to providers for a federal healthcare system attractive so that there will actually be enough staffing of qualified health care professionals
3) Create a new American Board of Medicine Specialty in Chronic Pain Management which does not currently exist for more expert care of chronic pain than by primary care providers and mandatorily reduce opioid prescribing when not indicated clinically.
4) Instead of only holding providers accountable for health care outcomes, hold patients accountable AS APPROPRIATE for their outcomes ex: smoking, diet, exercise, making appointments. Just listing complications without these as proximal causes is just 'bean counting'.
5) A national pharmacy database that links all States and has support by most pharmacists
NONE OF THESE ABOVE INITITIATIVES OF MINE HAVE BEEN DELINEATED BY SENATOR GILLIBRAND
BTW, Senator Gillibrand, during her cash cow years of Lobby money taking, took gobs of money from pharmaceutical companies in additions to her past history of representing the tobacco companies as an attorney.
6) Unlike Senator Gillibrand, I have not taken PAC money from drug companies and therefore would be MORE aggressive in taking on Pharma and their fleecing our country for drugs instead of the fraction people pay in other countries for the same meds.
7) We need to help fund end of life care especially for couples and individuals facing the devastating medical and emotional effects and progression of Alzheimer's and other dementias. 60 Minutes had a powerful episode called "For Better or For Worse"..watch that and agree with me!
I support the repeal of McCarran-Ferguson which is defined as follows: McCarran–Ferguson Act. The McCarran–Ferguson Act, 15 U.S.C. §§ 1011-1015, is a United States federal law that exempts the business of insurance from most federal regulation, including federal antitrust laws to a limited extent. This is too much concentration of power.
Senator Gillibrand has been ineffective on the Senate Armed Services Committee and we need to protect and provide for our active duty and vets more than what is being done. It is usually a 'mop-up' instead of having foresight to their real time needs and being less antagonistic to the leadership as she has been. The Inspector General system in the military branches needs a complete revamping to protect military whistle blowers and victims of military sexual assault, a situation Senator Gillibrand never effectively addressed. The Inspector General systems still have built in bias. We also need a declaratory policy regarding an attack on one of our strategic space satellites.
Most solutions offered are increases in rehab and throwing money at the crisis as well as 'safe injection sites' for heroin users. I think the two main areas of immediate action needed are better mandatory prescribing practices and a new American Medical Board Specialty in Chronic Pain Management. A National Pharmacy Narcotic Database is also needed. There are also too many monetary incentives for primary care physicians to write narcotic prescriptions: https://www.cnn.com/2018/03/11/health/prescription-opioid-payments-eprise/index.html
I also support the NY State 'Take Back Drugs Act" which mandates that pharmaceutical companies foot the bills for all admnistrative costs for all the opioid return programs. This Act is supported by most NYS Law enforcement agencies and for good reasons.
Jobs in the clean energy industry are still largely untapped and need massive expansion. Also, If you have a legitimate business to start, it should not be as difficult getting loans started as it is currently. I would work with Congress and the banks to change small business loan programs into a more user friendly system. I also would bring back Glass-Steagall and would get rid of or modify small business regulations that are harmful or cumbersome, while at the same time protecting the public. All of this can be done without polluting our environment with fossil fuels.
We need to pay for community college nationally with a voucher system and therefore in some cases pay for all the college some people need and half of the degree for people needing a bachelor's degree and beyond. There are many fields where an Associate's degree is all one needs to excel in a job or small business. We also need to allow communities to have better control of how they teach their kids in school vs national 'cookie-cutter' programs that benefit billion dollar corporations.
We need to replace all the corporate Democrats and Republicans in Congress and get back to a focus on working class issues. We need to use our tax dollars more wisely but yet not throw the poor and disenfranchised under the bus. The political parties and even some 'progressive groups' have been corrupted and we need to independently elect citizen politicians instead of career, 'no term limit' politicians.
Elect problem solvers like me with no ties to corporations; Volunteer to get me on the ballot and completely disrupt the pay to play system in DC.
The Party picked incumbents and candidates have not always panned out to be either successful or honest! I signed a pledge not to take corporate PAC money!
Police need to do their job expertly as expected, the public needs to cooperate with them, but there is never an excuse for police brutality. There are many Bills in Congress that address this but the lack of bipartisanship is in the way of making progress in passing them.
Some people may debate this, but there is no debate; Eric Garner was murdered and justice was not served. We can't let these things happen in a civilized society, or so they say we are.
Sentences need to be appropriate for the crime and reviewed frequently by independent panels. That can work to increase or decrease them as appropriate.
How many people still remain imprisoned for no violent crimes and rot in our for profit prison system. BTW, Congressman Hakeem Jeffries and others took for profit prison PAC money while hypocritically getting on talk shows and attacking the mass incarceration of people. Ridiculous! Tell them to give the PAC money back!
Maybe it should be 3 strikes your out for politicians who accept this PAC money!
Also develop a better communication system to alert law enforcement when there are red flags for violence in families, friendship circles and communities.