In 2020, the average American family spent over $13,000 on health insurance. These costs keep families from buying homes, saving money, or taking care of other important issues. For far too many, a single medical bill can throw a family into bankruptcy. Healthcare should not be a make-or-break situation for you. You have a right to healthcare.
This is why Natalie will work to expand Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act to cover more families, childless adults, and low-wage workers. Natalie will fight to lower the price of prescription drugs through government oversight of big pharmaceutical companies and importing prescription drugs from other countries.
Whether you are a student working a part-time job, an entrepreneur starting a small business, or working to provide for yourself and your family, we all have a role to play in our economy. However, for many, we work every day and still struggle to keep a roof over our head, have food in the fridge, or keep the lights on. The American economy is the strongest in the world and its time that our economy reflects the value we bring to it.
That is why Natalie will fight to create an economy that gives everyone a fair shot at achieving the American Dream, get the education they need to participate in a modernizing economy, and have the resources the country needs to start and maintain small businesses. Natalie understands that our economy is dependent on our public infrastructure which is why she supports wide sweeping investments in our highways and bridges, building clean energy infrastructures, and high-speed broadband for every American.
We are living through the consequences of climate change today and every day. We are seeing it in rising tides, record breaking heat year after year, and increasingly common extreme weather conditions. The threats that our inaction on climate change bring endanger all of us and our future generations. We should be working to create a planet we can gift to our future generations.
That is why Natalie supports the Green New Deal which will create millions of clean-energy jobs. Natalie supports public investment in renewable energy, paid for by a carbon tax, to generate job growth while reducing carbon emissions as well as achieving carbon neutrality by 2050.
Democracy & Voting
The United States was founded on a revolutionary idea; that the people can choose what government they want. For over 200 years, this country has elected a government that reflects the will of the people and have fought to expand the right to vote paving the way for new voices, fresh perspectives, and an increasingly diverse Congress that reflects the country.
However, that right to vote is increasingly under attack. Natalie believes we must do everything we can to protect the right we have to a voice in government. This means protecting every single voting age citizen to vote regardless of who they are. Natalie supports same-day voter registration, universal vote-by-mail, a public campaign finance system, and the end of partisan gerrymandering.
Our communities are full of color, culture, languages, experiences, and identities. It is our diversity that makes America strong and unique. However, the rights for our community to express itself are varied. We have had to fight for our voices and be able to live our true and authentic selves. The fight to make America more equitable and safer for every person regardless of color, race, sex, gender expression, religion, sexual identity, and history is far from over. We have to continue working to expand the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all Americans.
That is why Natalie supports the call for reparations for African Americans, the right for women to choose, and creating a National Office of Disability Coordination that will work to advance the full inclusion of people with disabilities. Natalie stands in solidarity with the LGBTQIA+ community. Natalie supports adjusting the federal poverty line to account for geographic cost variation, costs related to healthcare, work expenses, childcare needs, and necessities such as internet access.
Millions of Americans are returning to the workforce, but many are working several jobs just to keep their heads above water. Millions more continued to work through the COVID-19 pandemic, too many without proper hazard pay or PPE. Regardless of your job, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice essentials or work in unsafe conditions.
This is why Natalie supports and will work to expand the right to join a union, bargain collectively, and give you the ability to provide for yourself, your family, and your future. Natalie will fight to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour and indexing it to the cost of living so its value does not erode over time. Natalie supports legislation aimed at ensuring the right to paid sick days, paid family leave, and closes the loophole that allows employers to pay tipped employees less than minimum wage.
Companies that are making billions of dollars in profits and people who are earning millions of dollars a year pay next to nothing in taxes by skirting rules and finding loopholes. Recent tax cuts lowered the tax burden of the super wealthy even lower. All while you and your family are paying their fair share.
This is why Natalie supports legislation aimed at removing the loopholes that give billionaires and corporations the ability to skirt their tax burden and create a progressive tax code that better reflects the needs of the people, not the wealthy.
Millions of Americans are behind on their rent or mortgage payments. Millions more are struggling to keep up. This story is all too common in Central Florida which is already facing a growing affordable housing crisis.
That is why Natalie supports extending tax benefits to working and middle-class homeowners and expanding the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. She supports permanently funding the National Affordable Housing Trust fund and strengthening the Fair Housing Act.
Our veterans are heroes with many of them actively putting themselves in harm’s way to protect our country. Veterans, however, face a variety of challenges when they come home. Many cannot get essential healthcare services because of a lack of infrastructure in the VA system. Protecting the veterans who protected us must be our priority.
This is why Natalie supports eliminating the VA benefits backlog and fully fund the VA. In addition to that, Natalie supports modernizing the VA’s infrastructure, expanding the VA’s Caregivers Program, and providing increased mental health services for veterans.