Our healthcare system has been broken for some time. While we have some of the best doctors and specialized medical services in the world, our quality of healthcare is always one of the worst among wealthy nations. We must do better! My wife Jenn has been a type 1 diabetic for 30 years. It costs $850 a month just to keep her alive. Other diabetics reading this understand this all too well. Those with chronic diseases that require monthly treatment understand how you are being asked to pay more of your hard earned money to treat your disease.
I am convinced more and more every day that the only real way out of our problems is to find cures for diseases and cancer. However, we must also introduce policy to control price gauging on drugs. I read an article that the cost of a 12-week course of treatment for hepatitis C is between $55k and $94k! It is estimated that one of the drugs likely costs $140 to manufacture. Putting profits above curing people of a disease must stop! Enough is enough!
If you are or know somebody who is a federal worker, you probably already know how restricted they are from accepting gifts from contractors. I was once at a government agency where I had scheduled after hours work on a project. As a contractor I couldn't even buy the team a pizza so they could eat while they worked on a system migration. We were all in the office after normal hours working and getting hungry.
What I have a problem with is that one set of rules apply to the entire federal workforce, yet thousands upon thousands of dollars injected into the system at the lawmaker level by lobbyists and it's ok? How can members of Congress and the Senate make decisions that are right for the people if their votes are clouded by who is making large donations to their political campaigns? We must reform the system!
As a veteran myself, I understand what it is to serve and protect our nation and our citizens. I understand the sacrifices that veterans and their family members have made.
I believe that any active duty service veteran should have the right to enroll in VA health benefits and services, just like they can obtain individual healthcare insurance. Over the past year I have heard Republicans say they want more competition in the marketplace. Well if that is the case, then open up the VA health services to all veterans!
It saddens me that the new administration has already started rolling back environmental protections that were put in place by the previous leadership. The transition from coal and oil to new clean energy is not a painless process. Some will lose jobs in industries like coal, but other sectors in clean energy will add jobs. We must continue to push industry and states to do better, to be cleaner, to take care of our environment.
The budget proposed by the administration earlier this year slashed federal funding for bay cleanup efforts from $73M to $0. Unacceptable! There is also an effort to push much of the environmental oversight at the federal level (EPA) down to the state level. We are moving in the wrong direction!
In this age of 24 hour connectivity it is important to have healthy and unpolluted nature areas that you can unplug from electronics, slow life down for short period of time and recharge the human spirit.