Cindy's Stance on Issues and Approach to Policy

Overview:

  • I’m a Democrat who leans Progressive and is eager to find common ground in the Statehouse.
  • I believe in the moral imperative of human rights and social rights.
  • I believe in making investments that improve lives now and save money in the long run.  Our country invested in highways, public education, and health care, and we’re all the better for it.  That tradition must continue. 
  • I’m impatient for change.  Systemic change.  Enough of nibbling around the edges of problems.  Let’s make a real difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.  Every one of them.

Health Care:

When he was 23 years old, my son was hit by a truck and severely injured.  Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, he had good health insurance.  Together with a supportive community and lots of hard work, health insurance made it possible for him to recover.  I think everyone should have good health insurance.  I believe access to quality health care is a human right.

We spend more per capita than any other nation on earth and yet have sub-par health outcomes.  20 - 30% of our health care dollars are spent on administrative paper pushing, including marketing.  Federal law prohibits us from negotiating for lower pharmaceutical prices.  And many of us are under-insured or have no insurance at all.  It's time for serious change, starting with Medicare for All.

See the August 7th post on this site's Blog for my commentary on Single Payer Health Care.

Living Wage:

I support increasing the minimum wage to $15/hour.  Anyone who works full time should be able to afford a decent place to live, a car, and to go out for pizza and a movie once in a while.  That is not happening on $10.50/hour, the current minimum wage. 

Education:

Act 46:  Some Vermont communities have decided Act 46 will benefits their students and their schools.  Other communities, including ours, do not see benefits and have voted accordingly.  Local choice should be respected.

Lifelong education:  I believe equal access to quality education from early childhood through adult is a human right and a smart investment in our future.  We want all our citizens to be ready for good jobs that are available and need qualified workers.

Social Protection Floor:

Imagine life before Social Security.  Elders were often impoverished.  In 1935, FDR’s New Deal said, This isn’t right; we are better than that, and a basic income was guaranteed.  In 1965, Medicare and Medicaid were born, reflecting a realization that health care is a human right. 

It’s time to take the next step and join many other countries in instituting a broader array of social rights: 

  • Genuine equality in access to resources and opportunity
  • Health care for all
  • Decent and affordable housing
  • Clean water
  • Healthy food
  • A livable wage and income security

A Social Protection Floor says we’ll leave no one behind.

Investing in a Better Future:

I believe in making investments that improve lives and save money.  And I think data should inform policy. 

There’s a lot of research that shows how a dollar invested in prevention today will save $3, $5, $8, $14 down the road.  An excellent example is ACEs – Adverse Childhood Experiences.  They are a core cause of many of the challenges that hold people back, cause suffering and poor health, destroy families and lives, and cost our state millions of dollars every year.  Robust supports for families and children at risk will improve lives and save money in the long run.

Climate Change:

Vermont can and should be a leader in developing a Green Economy, including a focus on resilience and sustainability.  We can provide good jobs to Vermonters and offer solutions to the whole planet.