US House District 2
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Ann McLane Kuster (Winner)
What are the most important challenges facing our country and how do you propose to address them?
How will you work to increase job opportunities for your constituents?
What will you do over the long term to ensure healthcare access for all?
What kinds of policies, if any, will you pursue to promote social and racial justice in our country?
Please explain where you see opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground on the very serious issues facing our country.
Having a strong and well coordinated response to the COVID-19 crisis is critical to ensuring that no Granite Staters are left behind as we recover from the pandemic. We must have robust testing, producing and distributing a safe and effective vaccine, as well as funding economic support for individuals and small businesses. Every family must be able to access quality, affordable health care. I'm proud that my legislation to ensure protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions has passed the House of Representatives. I will continue to work with my colleagues to lower the costs of health insurance and cut the costs of prescription drugs. We must also stand up to efforts to undermine women's autonomy and reproductive freedom.
Addressing the economic crisis caused by COVID-19 goes hand-in-hand with solving the health emergency caused by the pandemic. We need to support small businesses through the pandemic to ensure that our economy is able to fully recover. I've also worked to expand apprenticeship and vocational training and foster partnerships between private company and our community colleges to train people for the jobs available right here in our communities. We should invest in the clean energy economy of the future to create clean energy jobs in New Hampshire. It's critical that we address student debt so that young people are able to pursue careers and build their future without being saddled with overwhelming debt.
We need to ensure that quality, affordable health care is available to all Americans. I successfully passed my legislation, the Protecting Americans with Pre-existing Conditions Act, in the House of Representatives and the Senate should act on that bill. We also need to lower the costs of prescription drugs - I’ve called for Medicare to negotiate with drug companies for a volume discount to ensure Americans can access medication at an affordable price.
Systemic racism and police brutality continue to be a serious challenge throughout our nation. We need to address these long standing inequities that result in communities of color being underserved in access to health care, educational opportunities, and as we’ve seen all too vividly, in their interaction with law enforcement. I authored my “Opportunity and Justice for All” agenda to outline legislation that would take on the issue of systemic racism from multiple angles including criminal justice and police reforms, addressing health care disparities, and improving educational opportunities for all communities.
The opioid epidemic requires a comprehensive response that promotes prevention, treatment and recovery and works alongside law enforcement. As the founder and co-chair of the Bipartisan Opioid Task Force, I’ve worked across the aisle to deliver funding to New Hampshire that has supported the expansion of treatment and recovery. I also led the charge to ensure that law enforcement had the authority and tools necessary to combat dangerous synthetic opioids like fentanyl. I also believe that there is opportunity for the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to be very bipartisan. This disease impacts all communities, Republican and Democrat, and we must work together to address this crisis.
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