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  • David Baria

  • Roger F. Wicker

Biographical Information

What [will you/should our nation] do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

In building a vibrant U.S. and local economy, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, job opportunities here, or something else?

What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women & minorities in the United States?

What should the federal government do, if anything, to provide an equitable, quality public education for all children pre-K through grade 12?

Please explain why you do or do not think it is important to reduce the role of money in American elections.

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

What are your views on gun control?

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We should create a system of healthcare delivery where all people have access to high quality, affordable health care services. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans received health coverage for the first time. We need to improve this plan not weaken it.

I will support efforts to deliver better health care to underserved Americans including better options and facilities in rural Mississippi and protection for those with preexisting conditions. I will also look for opportunities to provide affordable plans to working families who don’t have coverage and make too much to qualify for Medicaid.

I will oppose any effort that does not drive down medical costs, including insurance premiums and co-pays for Mississippi families.
Creating good jobs where people can earn a living wage would go a long way toward addressing income inequality. People who work full time should earn enough money to live comfortably, pay their mortgage/rent, have high quality affordable health care and be able to save for their retirement and any of life’s emergencies. Unfortunately, too many people don’t have those types of jobs. I would emphasize tax policy that require corporations and the very wealthy to pay their fair share while cutting taxes for middle class working families.
I am fortunate to be married to one of the most talented lawyers I have ever known. We are blessed with two amazingly talented daughters. I know the worth of these women. In the workplace, they deserve to be treated fairly. That is why every year since 2013, I have sponsored a bill that would make equal pay for equal work mandatory in Mississippi. I am committed to extending the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act to make sure people doing the same work with the same qualifications are paid equally regardless of gender or race and/or ethnicity.
The federal government should partner with states and ensure that all children have access to high quality early learning and k-12 educational experiences by providing resources to under resourced schools and communities. The federal government should create a system of checks/balances and best practices to level the playing field and share that information. I agree with Senator Schumer and Leader Pelosi’s plan to dedicate federal resources to increasing teacher pay and benefits, improving school infrastructure, fully funding Title 1 schools, and honoring our commitment to funding special education programs.
Citizens United unleashed an avalanche of money that has transformed the electorate. There is too much money involved in electoral politics, insufficient disclosure and no transparency. Individual power has been diminished. We must take money out of politics. Power must rest in the American people.
Voting is a right not a privilege. We must transform the archaic laws that disenfranchise so many people, particularly men of color. We must make it easier to vote, not harder. We must get rid of any and all efforts to disenfranchise citizens including burdensome voter id requirements. We must incorporate activities that encourage voter participation like same day voter registration, curbside voting and Saturday and Sunday voting.
I am a believer in the 2nd Amendment and the other Amendments that make up the Bill of Rights. We have a gun problem in this country. We must enhance background checks; stop selling large capacity magazines; stop selling AR15s and provide incentives to turn them into law enforcement. We must require smart triggers and raise the age to purchase guns. We must work to harden security at our schools including additional security, limiting ingress/egress and installing metal detectors.
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