It is undeniable over the next few years that healthcare will get reinvented at a Federal level. It is absolutely essential we elect Doctors and Nurses into Congress and the Senate to help participate in this process. While lawyers are great at formatting bills, we need front line healthcare workers involved in the process if we are ever going to come up with a plan that works to ensure protection of affordable healthcare access for all American citizens. As a bedside nurse for many years, and now a nurse practitioner in the field of Neurology, I am familiar with the ins and outs of the healthcare system and the impact it has on everyday citizens when they don't have timely access to healthcare or when they are forced to choose between food and medicine.
Growing up, I always thought I would be a stay at home mom. It was important to me to be in a stable family environment and be able to be there day in and day out for my children. Unfortunately, that wasn't what was in store for me. Instead, I found myself with two small children in an abusive marriage. When we left, we left with no real source of income and the only belongings were what we could fit in the car the day we made our escape. We slept on the floor until we could afford furniture from Craig's List, and we benefited from public assistance until we could get our feet back on the ground. We worked our way out of poverty, but the memory of those days will always be a part of who I am and who my children are. I know what it is like to struggle and work three jobs to make ends meet. Congress needs more people who understand this if we are ever going to get a system where hard work pays off and people are protected instead of millionaires who were born into money and can buy influence.
I am a strong supporter of teachers and public education. I believe if we truly want to move America forward, the best way to do this is by investing in our teachers and our schools. My two children are both a part of the public school system. My youngest attends a local public school and my son learns a little differently, so he takes classes through an on-line public school. I have advanced my career and broken the cycle of poverty by completing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice; however, will be burdened with student debt (for likely the rest of my life) as a result. Education is the key to keeping people out of jails and off public assistance. America can choose to invest heavily in education, or invest heavily in public assistance. I vote for investing in education.
Climate change isn't a threat in the future, Climate change is already happening. Natural disasters are happening more often than before and storms are getting stronger. Rather than burying our heads in the sand and hoping it goes away, we need to address this issue head on. America should be the land of innovation, not on the tailing end of change.
The Equal Right's Amendment was first introduced in 1923 and would guarantee equal legal rights for all citizens regardless of sex. While I am proud Kentucky ratified this amendment in 1972 shortly after the bill passing in the Senate, we later attempted to rescind our ratification in 1979. The bill is yet to pass as only 35 of 38 states needed have been willing to say women should not be discriminated against based on sex. The idea 38 out of 50 states feel women shouldn't have equal rights to men in unbelievable in the 21st century! Women still only make up about 25% of our representatives, as opposed to 51% of the total population. Now, more than ever, it is essential we elect women into the House and Senate to help oppose the bills moving forward seeking to suppress women's rights.
I am a firm believer in the Second Amendment. I believe people should absolutely be allowed to keep their guns. I also believe that with great power comes great responsibility and we need laws in place to ensure proper licensing and training goes into gun ownership. I also think we need to protect the second amendment with researching gun violence and ways to prevent it from occurring. Only by making gun violence less common and gun ownership safer can we truly protect the Second Amendment.