Many large investment firms and pensions funds are moving their assets to renewable energy. The NY State pension fund is planning to divest from fossil fuels. Renewable energy is the future for job growth. Many fossil fuel companies, such as Exxon, Mobil and BP, are moving into investing in renewables. They see that this is the only viable future for energy production. Investing in renewable energy is not only good for the environment but also good for our country's economy.
Quality education for all is the foundation for prosperity and a strong economy. Investing now in our young, no matter what their family's income, can mean the end of poverty in the next two decades. Low-income communities need additional nurturing and support for children so graduation rates improve. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of young students are discouraged and either do not enter college or leave due to the cost of a higher education and the burdens of debt. A highly educated workforce is necessary for the United States to be considered a player in a highly competitive global economy.
In our district, 75% of the population does not have a college degree. Technical training must rise to the forefront and be available to those who are not suited for college. There is a skilled trade shortage and technical training is critical as displaced workers need new skills to be employable.
Investing in education is an investment in America.
When L. called me and said she wasn't feeling well, was lethargic and could barely make it up the stairs, the natural response was "What does your doctor say". As it turned out, L. could not afford to go to the doctor. A California resident, she lost everything in the housing crisis. Her daughter eventually took her to the doctor only to find out L. had cancer. Sadly, L. died two months later. L. was loved by many. Had she been insured, she might still be with us today.
Decency must prevail. No person should die or a child suffer because health care is not affordable. Families should not go bankrupt to save the life of a loved one. Starting a new business or changing jobs should not hinge on health insurance. The elderly or poor with limited incomes should not have to choose between a prescription cost and heat or food.
Unchecked premium increases are burdening Americans at an alarming rate. A public option will take the greed out of healthcare. How many television commercials, billboards, glossy mailing pieces, multi-million dollar CEO salaries along with investor dividends are standing in the way of people having affordable health care? With Medicare, only 1% goes to administrative overhead. In for-profit health care, administrative costs are twenty times higher.
There is no quick solution.While the market on average is stabilizing, the decision by the Administration to cease cost-sharing subsidy payments led some insurers to leave the market or request larger premium increases than they would otherwise. However, continued policy uncertainty and the repeal of the individual mandate as part of tax reform legislation complicate the outlook for 2018 and beyond. Incrementally, with non-partisan research and diligence, the United States should move in the direction where all Americans feel safe knowing they have health insurance.
Wendell Potter, author of "Nation on the Take," said that it "disgusts" him that big for-profit health insurers are so blatantly demonstrating that "nothing—absolutely nothing—is more important to them than making their rich shareholders even richer. If that means making it more difficult for low- and middle-income Americans to get the medical care they need, so be it."
"Combined, the nation's top six health insurers reported $6 billion in adjusted profits for the second quarter of 2017 That's up more about 29 percent from the same quarter a year ago — far outpacing the overall S&P 500 health care sector's growth of 8.5 percent for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters I/B/E/S data."
Women should be trusted to manage their reproductive health, regardless of income, marital status, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, national origin, or residence. Their decisions should remain theirs and no one else’s.
Women make better choices about their own bodies, especially when they’re empowered and informed. Currently, services for women are inadequate. Birth control, access to clinics, outreach to poor communities and services that help women post delivery are lacking.
America was built by immigrants. The American Dream was born to the hard working nature of the people who wanted to grown. How far you go in America should be determined by how hard you’re willing to work, not by the color of your skin, whom you love, your religious beliefs, or where you’re from.
Bringing decency to Government
No hard working American wants their tax dollars wasted. Every American wants to have a real voice in electing their officials, regardless of race, religion, hometown or economical background. As your Congress woman and a public server I will ensure that your voice is heard.
Medicine is a calling and our doctors are experiencing burnout are alarming rates. Of all occupations and professions, the medical profession consistently hovers near the top of occupations with the highest risk of death by suicide.
There is a significant shortage of primary care physicians nationwide and many communities in WNY are not adequately being served. Patients feel rushed as our doctors, in the name of an insurance directed bottom line, limit visits to 15 minutes and doctors forgo the care they feel compelled to give. The burdens of paperwork associated with multiple insurance entities is a strain on doctors.
There is a disparity in reimbursement rates here in Western New York vs. neighboring cities. Improving reimbursement rates for our WNY doctors with help retain them. In addition, more attractive reimbursement rates will help entice the students from UB Jacobs School of Medicine to live and serve WNY while improving our overall economy.