I have long believed that all American's deserve access to healthcare coverage that they can afford.
The Affordable Healthcare Act was a step in the right direction that finally took on this issue head on, however the plan had some flaws that were discovered as the program rolled out. We found that hospitals were literally given a blank check to charge much higher prices for services and that many insurers chose to promote discounted monthly rates with high deductibles to lure small businesses in to help them meet the new requirements.
We have found that many Americans still cannot afford decent healthcare and that many families are having to put off routine visits or lifesaving treatments due to the high costs or due to the risk of potentially bankrupting themselves. The United States of America is seen as a leader in Democracy and Human rights while also being known as one of the most powerful economies ever. We can and must do better and provide this basic human right to our people.
We have to treat hospitals like we do education in this country. They should not be profit centers and report to shareholders, they should report to their communities and provide a service. With updated legislation we can fix our healthcare system and make it work for the American People.
Our education system is vital for the long-term success of our country. We must do better to ensure that our children are given access to a top-level education no matter where they live. We have often seen in our communities that the balance in quality of education is unequal and that schools are being deemed "failing" by the standards of politicians with no background in education and are using this as a tactic to cut spending on a government service. When we start treating education at schools as a business decision rather than finding ways to help schools improve, we fail.
We must better fund our education system to level the playing field in smaller communities that need help. Increasing funding will help schools gain access to the supplies they need so teachers do not have to keep buying their own. More funding also helps schools afford to pay teachers fair wages which ultimately attracts better talent. Lastly, if we provide better funding for schools then America can continue to be a leader on the global stage.
We have often heard some politicians touting Indiana as "business friendly" and having plenty of jobs for Hoosiers. What they are failing to tell us is that Indiana currently ranks 35th in the nation in average household income and these new jobs they are touting have been paying even less than our current average. Large businesses are getting multimillion dollar tax breaks to setup shop, but they are not paying Hoosiers a livable wage in exchange for those breaks. Bottom line, Indiana is failing to take care of the working class.
We need policies that still attract jobs for Hoosiers, but we need to change incentives to better serve the employees and not only the employer. We should still use incentives for businesses looking to call Indiana home, but we should be more selective with our policies or create new and better incentives that will make sure that Indiana is able to climb from the bottom half to the top 10 in the in average household income.
I am more than willing to work with business who want to create economic opportunities for our state, however I am more inclined to do more for a business who wants to help pull Indiana from the bottom.
I fully support the legalization of recreational marijuana use in the United States.
We cannot deny that marijuana has brought more funding to states that have already legalized it and the potential it has for medicinal use. Currently in Indiana the illegal market that exists is flooded with cannabis of unknown content or even unknown origin which is a public safety issue.
After failed tariff policies many Hoosier farmers had to rely on subsidies from the Federal Government to stay afloat financially. Imagine Our farmers having the ability to grow a new crop with no competition from a foreign country, this means Hoosier farmers will be able to flourish and will not have to wait on government assistance to cover their expenses.
Legalization of recreational marijuana will also fight for America on a two-way front. A major source of revenue for South American drug cartels will now be cut off, meaning that the flow of illegal drugs across our southern border will be reduced. Second, with the F.D.A. overseeing regulations the threat to public safety would be reduced since the content and origins of the product we are buying will be known and removes the black-market product that could be laced with unknown substances.
Lastly, the financial impact from tax revenue will improve the bottom line of state governments across the nation. Imagine Indiana having the ability to add additional funding to state healthcare programs, increasing school funding, or building better infrastructure without a single Hoosier having to pay a penny more in income taxes.