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U.S. House, District 7

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    Laura Moser

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Identify what you think are the three most important issues directly affecting the people in your district and explain how you will address these issues,if elected?

What do you think should be done to help those who don’t receive employer-sponsored health insurance and cannot afford insurance through other currently available options?

What do you think is the appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation in the United States?

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Education/Degrees B.A., History, Kenyon College (1997) J.D., College of William & Mary School of Law (2006)
Professional Experience I am a litigation partner at Ahmad, Zavitsanos, Anaipakos, Alavi & Mensing, which I joined in 2009 after starting my legal career at Vinson & Elkins in 2006. Before becoming a lawyer, I spent six years working in the non-profit and private sectors.
Community Involvement I am a current board member at Writers in the Schools and Open Dance Project; past board member of Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast, volunteer for Texas Appleseed and Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association of Greater Houston scholarship committee.
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Campaign Phone (832) 707-9603
Infrastructure: I will work to plan for and invest in flooding and transportation infrastructure to address our needs—including improving Addicks and Barker reservoirs; completing Project Brays; and revising floodplain maps and partnering with cities, counties, and METRO to bring improvements and funding to our region.

Healthcare: Even though cutting-edge medical advances take place here, many in our community do not have access to quality healthcare. Ensuring access to and affordability of healthcare will be one of my priorities in Congress—from improving the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to fighting for reproductive justice.

Economy: Houston is home to industry giants, entrepreneurs, and small business owners whose initiative drives our economic prosperity. In Congress, I will work to ensure we have the tools to keep our economy strong—from investing in public education to supporting research and innovation in the medical and energy sectors to providing job training.
Access to quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and we must strike a balance between restoring the individual mandate and improving means of entry into the health insurance market. Part of this means fighting for federal subsidies the current administration has withheld to make insurance affordable for those for whom insurance is now unaffordable. Another part is fighting for health care providers who provide affordable quality care, like Planned Parenthood, and preventing politicians from politicizing providers. Other initiatives, including lowering both the eligibility age for Medicare and the income eligibility level for Medicaid and expanding initiatives to inform consumers about options like off-exchange purchasing, premium deductions, and group rate plans, may also help address this situation while we work to stabilize the markets and build upon the ACA to address affordability.
For generations, the federal government has played an essential part in creating jobs and fostering growth. From creating actual jobs in infrastructure and other public works projects to enabling growth through new opportunities and marketplaces, the federal government has and should continue to help our economy and jobs grow. Today, the federal government can do many things to foster a positive environment for job creation while maintaining important protections for workers. Invest in public education. Make higher education affordable through grants, not loans. Facilitate life-long training and re-training. Invest in research and development that enables new technologies and industries to thrive. Invest in infrastructure projects. Create public-private partnerships. Expand access to capital and ensure sound monetary policy. And negotiate fair trade policies that allow our economy and our workers to thrive.
Education/Degrees Bachelor of Arts, Amherst College
Professional Experience I am a nationally published writer and journalist who has covered everything from K-12 education to gun violence.
Community Involvement I am the founder of Daily Action, which mobilized 300,000 Americans to take direct political action in the wake of Trump's election. Until this past election, I was very involved at my children's Title I elementary school.
Campaign Website http://mos
Campaign Phone (281) 315-9408
Twitter @lcmoser
Infrastructure: Houston needs a massive investment in flood protection and infrastructure that only the federal government can fund: a dike system, natural coastal barriers, new reservoirs (and updates to the old ones), diversion channel improvements, buyouts, bayou widenings, and so on.

Healthcare: Houston has the highest number of uninsured people in ​Texas, which has the highest number of uninsured people​. We're spending too much money on healthcare, with too little to show for it. We need representatives who fight for the expansion of healthcare access and preventative care. It is the cost-effective thing to do. ​And it's the moral thing to do.

Climate Change: ​All over the world, when journalists write a cautionary tale about the dangers of rising sea levels in combination with unchecked development, they write about ​Houston. ​S​evere storms ​are no longer an inconvenience. They're an existential threat​. W​e ​need a Congress to pass comprehensive climate-change legislation.
Forcing a massive segment of our population to seek basic medical treatments in the ER is not a healthcare system. We need to expand the income threshold for Medicaid so that more people qualify, lower the eligibility age for Medicare to 55, and provide a public option/Medicare buy-in option for anyone who wants it. This would be hugely freeing for employers and humane for employees.
Again, a nationwide public option that frees up entrepreneurs and small businesses from the burdens of expensive private insurance would be a huge step in the right direction. We also need a far more progressive tax code that puts money into the hands of people who are likely to spend it rather than save it. ​The recently passed GOP tax bill achieved exactly the opposite.