What We Are Fighting For
Healthcare for All
Our healthcare system is broken. Pennsylvania is primed to be a state leader by guaranteeing comprehensive, universal health care for ALL Pennsylvanians by passing Medicare-for-All legislation that will save us money, create jobs and save lives.
This bill will ensure the elderly are protected, those that lose their jobs will not go without care, and spirited entrepreneurs will be free to build their businesses without fear of a diagnosis setting them back. A universal, single-payer system in Pennsylvania will provide all residents with high-quality care, including dental, vision, prescription drugs, physical and occupational therapy, and mental health services without co-pays, premiums, and deductibles.
By streamlining the current systems, reducing insurance administrative costs, and removing the profiteering of private insurance shareholders, a Pennsylvania Single Payer system would actually decrease the financial burden of health care for PA residents.
Opioid addiction and overdose deaths are soaring across our country and hurting our neighbors and family members right here in our district. This system will treat those suffering from a substance abuse addiction with humane, affordable and accessible medical care, not a jail sentence.
We believe that – in the richest country in the nation – that if you work 40 hours a week, you deserve a wage that supports yourself and your family. In order to do that, we must raise the minimum wage and tie it to inflation, support collective bargaining and expanding unions, paid family leave, and universal childcare.
Our governing bodies are in place to protect the people of this Commonwealth and ensure there are equitable opportunities for all. These programs require resources, so we need to view our state’s budget is a moral document that directs our priorities. At the moment, Harrisburg lacks the political courage to reform insidious tax codes and wasteful spending, like the Delaware loophole, which allow for nearly 76% of businesses operating in the state to avoid paying taxes. Tax reform that ends corporate welfare and supports our working families is a top priority.
The Pennsylvania Constitution says that we have the right to clean air and clean water, but the General Assembly has prioritized corporate and industry interests over human beings for far too long. This is illustrated by the flooding in Millvale, the high rates of asthma throughout Allegheny County (the Greater Pittsburgh Region has some of the worst air quality in the entire country), and our drinking water is poisoned by lead.
We cannot continue to let these antiquated, destructive industries operate without being held accountable.
Our environment and our people are at stake.
Getting Money Out of Politics
Despite being the sixth most populous state, Pennsylvania is one of the most expensive state governments to run. Millions of taxpayer dollars are going towards unitemized reimbursements for our elected officials. Campaign finance laws are virtually nonexistent, and special interest dollars line Harrisburg’s elected officials’ pockets.
I vow to not take dollars from corporate groups and report all donations openly.