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    Shawna Anderson

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What, if any, specific steps will you take to address inequalities facing women in our state?

What should our state do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?

In building a vibrant economy in our state, would you emphasize reforming tax policies, addressing income inequality, or something else?

What steps, if any, should be taken to curb gun violence in our state?

What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our state?

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There are a number of issues that women more commonly face. One is being a single parent. We must work to make childcare more accessible and more affordable. We must also fund programs that help women have access to healthcare, including contraception. Violence against women comes in all forms. We need to make sure that women are protected from those that have been violent against them, including dating partners, and stalkers. It's time to close the boyfriend loophole in Iowa , removing firearms from a dating partner after an assault conviction, while under a restraining order.
The most important thing we can do right now is end the privatization of Medicaid. For profit healthcare does not ensure that the people come before the profits. We must put price limits on life saving medications as some other states have done. I believe Iowa can lead the way with a universal/single-payer/medicare for all approach. We need to start working towards a system that gives equal coverage to all Iowans, with equal access. Far too many Iowans put off medical care that they desperately need because they don't have the coverage, can't afford the co-pays after paying high premiums, or even worse, they don't have coverage.
First and most important to me is raising the minimum wage. We lose so many hard workers to surrounding states with wages that are far more competitive. This takes away from Iowa's tax base, and our strong work force. Our low wages also mean that more Iowans depend on assistance to survive, which comes from the state's budget. We need to address taxing inequality as well. Large corporations that show even larger profits, but pay little into taxes are causing Iowa people to suffer and pick up the slack.
Iowa has historically had some of the strongest gun laws. Currently, there is a push to do away with permits to carry. I believe in keeping our current permit to carry system. I also believe in strengthening background checks, and requiring them for all gun sales, even private sales. As mentioned above, I believe in expanding VAWA policies to include dating partners, along with stalkers. Stand your ground laws need to be changed so as to not disproportionately affect people of color, and to hold people accountable for their actions.
Systemic inequities have brought us to a real problem with both social and racial justice. Those inequities result in less access to healthcare, education, and social services that help people. We need to hold police officers and departments accountable for their actions, while also lifting up the officers that report injustices. It's not the job of police to respond to an overdose, or a mental health situation, or even a family disturbance where violence isn't taking place, so we need to offer other emergency services. It's time to ban all chokeholds and no knock warrants. It's time to charge any officer who shoots a civilian that is not holding a weapon.
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