New Campaign Lit! So exciting. I know that everything I do has a certain ‘look’ to it, so I got Grace to design these. Turns out, Grace and I have kind of the same ‘look’ to our stuff. These are called rack or palm cards, depending, and will be showing up on doors all over Gloucester, Essex, Mathews, Middlesex, King and Queen and King William starting today (8/3)! The amazing Grace made me a big fat list of everyone in the 98th not known to be voting for the other guy, so I will be running errands and knocking doors today! Also, we need $$ for a couple more cool things, so DONATE, please.
Wonderful Head shot by Sam Fatima
Healthcare: I’m tired of waiting for the federal Government to get its act together. With Medicaid expansion, Virginia has a small enough number of uninsured that we should be able to come up with a solution as a state.
Drug prices are nuts, I’m linking to a website run by a group of drug manufacturers, so keep that in mind as you read it. Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBM) are only part of why medication costs to the CONSUMER are high and unpredictable. The Commonwealth can and should act. My proposal is a single formulary, administered by the Commonwealth. Possibly not something that would be needed permanently, but healthcare is not a free market and right now everyone except the insurance companies and the PBMs are getting hosed.
PBMs are running the independent pharmacies out of business. Part of the goal of a state formulary, would be protecting independent pharmacists from these predatory practices. Rural areas especially need independents. When we needed help at the free clinic, we didn’t go to CVS or RiteAid, we went to Gloucester Pharmacy. I want to keep my opponent in business, just not in the General Assembly.
- The end goal should be healthcare free at the point of service. No deductibles, no co-pays. Ask the Canadians, the UK, Australia, NZ, they all think we’re insane.
- Drugs aren’t included in that in some systems, they are in others.
- Germany and/or Switzerland may have the system that is the best model for us, but they both involve more cost-sharing at the point of use than the others. (They also have much higher minimum wages, think about that before you jump this way.)
Smaller classes, the best data there is shows that classes between 13 and 17 students per teacher can play a large role in closing the gaps in education disparity. It makes the biggest difference to the students who need it the most. We need to reform school funding statewide, but it is important to set out the goals. It’s not fancy schools (although those are nice) it’s enough teachers…
Higher teacher pay. In 2010 two Princeton scientists released a study that showed an increase in happiness with an increase in income up to the level of $75,000*. After that, more money didn’t buy more happiness. Teachers, who we entrust with the future of our nation, make an average of $65,300 with their masters.
Free Meals for all Students: The way people eat has changed, and whether or not I approve of it, I want children to be well nourished and unashamed at school. I support free, healthy, breakfast and lunch for all students, and teachers if they eat with the students.
- Get rid of the SoLs, NOW. Stop paying Pearson one red cent.
- Let principals and teachers select their evaluation tools.
- Evaluate students only to establish who needs help at the inflection points, third and ninth grades.
- Give greater autonomy to principals, and less to districts.
- Evidence based science education starting in kindergarten.
- School gardens at every school that are part of the meals, small animal husbandry, and large where appropriate.
- Conversion of the public monies into private profit is the besetting governmental sin of our time.
- Rural broadband is going to take public investment in publicly owned infrastructure. We need to put conduit in as we repair roads. We need public fiber to communities and then let small businesses take it the last mile. The cost of entry into the ISP business has risen so high we have defacto monopolies. Let’s lower that. Usage fees from the ISPs can recoup the cost and keep the program going.
- Roads (and bridges), instead of frittering away that $551.9 million surplus on small tax refunds, we could have used it as a capital fund for the roads. Using years of plenty to buttress against lean years is economic management so old it’s biblical, but the GOP can’t manage it. We’ve gotten behind, we need to catch up and get ahead before the next lean time.
- Non-partisan redistricting – OneVirginia2020 has a reasonable plan. It isn’t the one I would have created, but it’s done, it will work well enough and it’s passed the GA once, I will vote for it if elected.
- End routine disenfranchisement – I was born in Vermont and raised in Maine, the two states that practice NO disenfranchisement for felony convictions. I remain horrified that we count their bodies towards representation but deny them the vote. Here is a short explainer on the subject. It would be a start to have automatic restoration of the right to vote upon release from jail, AND enfranchising individuals who have moved here from more restrictive states. eople on pre-triaPl detention and jailed for misdemeanors have the legal right to vote. Lets have voter registration and civic education in jail. Might help with recidivism.
- Accessible Voting – Vote by mail, early voting, automatic registration, repeal ID laws, ranked choice voting. I would pass a law allowing localities to use universal vote by mail if they wanted (with allowed in person at the office), and a law requiring ranked choice voting in any state run primary with 3 or more candidates. Ease into both.
The other side….
Additions to the biography my mother was born in Richmond, mostly a librarian, my father was an Episcopal priest. I spent my junior year in Nepal (1989-90) doing Tibetan Language and Culture studies.
I was a Maternal Child Health Volunteer in the Central African Republic (1992-94). I went to Iran for 3 weeks in 1998 with a medical school classmate.
During the 2000-2001 academic year, I travelled around the world and was a medical student in hospitals in France, New Zealand, Nepal and Palau.
I work for the Health Departments in different cities when they are without a provider doing Family Planning and Sexually Transmitted Infections diagnosis and treatment.
I just started part time with the South Eastern Virginia Health System and when the doctor I am covering for in Suffolk comes back from his heart operation, I will be staffing a clinic for the Homeless in Newport News 16 hours a week.
Waiting tables was the best preparation I ever had for life, and I recommend it to all future doctors. I just came off the Gloucester County Public Library Board after 10 years (term limits), and I am on the Three Rivers Healthy Families Community Advisory Board.
This is the dog in question, who needs to be walked. Henry was running loose on the streets of Hampton, when I opened the Health Department door, he came right in.
- *In 2019 money that would be 88,000. Gulp. http://www.in2013dollars.com/us/inflation/2010?amount=75000