Junaid believes that in the wealthiest nation on the planet, everyone should be able to thrive.
Create a Medicare for All, national health insurance program to provide everyone in America with comprehensive health care coverage, free at the point of service.
Any profit-driven system will, by necessity, operate based on the restriction or denial of services, and the health insurance industry is no different. The profit model of health insurers is to deny, deny, deny. Any claim that they can deny, no matter how necessary the procedure, will be denied. Shouldn’t we allow doctors to be the arbiters of what care is needed, rather than allowing outside bureaucrats to stand in the way? We need a healthcare system in which you can see a doctor without wondering if you can afford it: no premiums, no copays, no deductibles, no out-of-pocket expenses whatsoever.
We are a nation of immigrants, and it is our responsibility to ensure that all who come here, whether for a short time or to make a new life, are treated with humanity and dignity. We must transform our immigration system into one that acknowledges and promotes the right of all people to make their way in a new place, where they can live in peace, happiness, and safety.
Roughly a century ago, we agreed as a society that universal primary and secondary education should benefit everyone. We agreed that education ought to be free and available to every child in this country, in order to ensure that they are intellectually and practically prepared as they enter adulthood. As we evolve in our society, we must recognize that primary and secondary education are no longer sufficient to adequately prepare our children. We must now unite in the agreement that universal higher education is also beneficial to our whole society. We must make it free and available to all.
We have a responsibility to ourselves, our children, and our grandchildren to preserve a clean, healthy, and habitable environment in which we can all live and prosper. We must rapidly transition to a green economy and infrastructure. With the Green New Deal, we take a bold stand, and make a firm commitment to the health and safety of our world now and in the future. With this commitment, we will also commit to the creation of millions of well-paying jobs for people throughout this country who are in desperate need of meaningful and gainful work. We will commit ourselves to protecting and repairing devastated and at-risk communities, both physically and economically.
Workers deserve better than to live in poverty and insecure employment. We must work tirelessly to ensure that every worker is paid the wages of a decent living, protected from arbitrary firing, guaranteed work when they cannot find it on their own, protected and supported in their efforts to unionize their workplaces, and kept whole in every other way. Workers are our backbone, and we must have the spine to treat them accordingly.
Our government must be truly of, by, and for the people. That cannot be the case as long as our elections are funded by a small, wealthy donor class. We must move to a system of clean, publicly funded elections.
Fight to end sexual harassment in workplaces, the military, and other institutions.
Despite major advances in civil and political rights, our country still has a long way to go in addressing the issues of gender inequality and reproductive freedom. Right now, extreme forces on the right are launching political attacks and passing draconian laws at both the state and national level with the goal of ending a woman’s right to choose. We must fight back together, and defend a woman’s right to control her own body and economic future.
The federal government can do so much more to end mass incarceration and remove cruelty and greed from the criminal justice system. This year, the people of our district came together and made it clear: Black Lives Matter. The protests were inspirational, but drew attention to how much work needs to be done fighting for fair, humane, and effective ways to keep our communities safe without destroying lives or denying rights in the process.