POLICY & PLATFORM
When we measure the affordability, accessibility, and usability of our health care system, it's clear that it's broken. No one should go bankrupt due to illness. Nor should anyone have to worry if their employer offers health care and what services they offer.
I agree that America should join every major country and ensure health care to its citizens. I also believe that we need to fight big pharmaceutical companies and lower prescription drug prices. However, in the tech & start-up world, there is a common saying, "Don't build a product unless it is 9X better than the competition." We need to examine the failures of the systems we look to mimic and be proactive in creating a health care system that will truly be better.
Health care is a human right. It's time for us to treat it that way.
Across the nation and especially here in Brooklyn, working families are burdened by the unaffordable housing crisis. The demand for affordable housing continues to grow while the supply remains insufficient, with demand 230% of the supply.
According to HUD, "Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost-burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care." A recent analysis conducted by Alex Hubbard shows that 99% of units advertised in District 9 are unaffordable for the average household.
We need to move swiftly to provide immediate assistance for citizens that are cost-burdened by their rent. Finally, we must enact long term solutions to increase the supply of affordable housing.
Internet & Technology
If recent events have taught us anything, it’s that big tech is woefully unprepared to adequately address citizens’ evolving data security. Congress is even less readied to address these concerns.
Big tech has been operating with the mindset of "move fast, and ask for forgiveness later." This mentality has become exasperated in recent years thanks to the ignorance and misgivings of our federal government, and its inability to understand and catch up. We can look no further than the April 2018 Facebook hearings when Sen. Orrin Hatch asked how Facebook makes money. Or when Uber successfully lobbied against laws enacted by city governments that were put in place to protect their citizens, such as Austin, Houston, etc. (seriously, the list goes on). Or even Amazon, who, as Sen. Elizabeth Warren so elegantly put it, acts as both a team participating in the game as well as the umpire upholding the rules.
These issues represent real threats to the American people and business, but it does not come close to comparing to the problem that it poses to our National Security. We are all aware of the Russian interference to our elections. It’s clear that this is a direct attack on our democracy and should not be taken lightly. However, rather than attacking the problem head-on our senior representatives have proposed that we revert back to paper voting because "Russia can't hack paper". These type of proposals demonstrate the lack of understanding. These type of responses underscore our fear and signals to the world that we are willing to remain a victim.
My plan is simple:
Break up Big Tech monopolies
Invest in cybersecurity – both in the private and public sectors
Enact legislation to protect our citizens' data and restore privacy
Bring back net neutrality
Let me be clear on this topic: My plan promotes competition and invest in the heart of the middle-class, i.e. small and medium businesses.
I grew up as an only child to a single mother. With our nearest family over 600 miles away, we relied on each other because we were all we had. Some of my earliest memories of life involve my mother standing up to my father, and working multiple jobs while also attending nursing school. I regularly watched her overcome daily obstacles to make her way in this world. She did an amazing job protecting me while also teaching me about the prejudices of life. Throughout my childhood, she built my foundational views of fairness and would frequently remind me of the importance of equality.
As my champion and my best friend, my mother has inspired my views on women’s rights.
Although I am happy with the overall progress of Women's Rights and support the movement for equal pay, workplace safety, paid parental leave, and access to healthcare, I am downright angry that we as a society are still having this fight.
I plan to take a more aggressive approach and will escalate the fight for equal pay and workplace discrimination. When it comes to a woman's right to choose I will listen to, and fight alongside our strong female leaders I believe in a women’s right to choose and will enact proactive policy to defend these fundamental rights.
I will oppose Targeted Regulations on Abortion Providers (TRAP) Laws, work to end Trump’s gag rule, and fully support Title X family planning funding.