Yang VS Gang

 

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The Economy

14% of Americans identify the economy as the most important problem facing the country today - (1)

Yang
  • The problem - “In the next 12 years, 1 out of 3 American workers are at risk of losing their jobs to new technologies—and unlike with previous waves of automation, this time new jobs will not appear quickly enough in large enough numbers to make up for it." (2)

  • The solution - “The Freedom Dividend, a Universal Basic Income of $1,000 per month for each American, over the age of 18, no strings attached, paid for largely by a value-added tax. (3)

Biden
  • The problem - “The country wasn’t built by Wall Street bankers, CEOs and hedge fund managers... It was built by you. It was built by the great American middle class... We need to reward work in this country, not just wealth." (6)

  • The solution - “the minimum wage nationally be a minimum of $15.” (7)

The Freedom Dividend 

Human Centered Capitalism

Boost Education 

Adjust Minimum Wage

  • The problem - “Our current emphasis on corporate profits isn’t working for the vast majority of Americans." (4)

  • The solution - “Change the way we measure the economy, from GDP and the stock market to a more inclusive set of measurements that ensures humans are thriving, not barely making it by. New measurements like Median Income and Standard of Living, Health-adjusted Life Expectancy, Mental Health, Childhood Success Rates, Social and Economic Mobility, Absence of Substance Abuse, and other measurements will give us a much clearer and more powerful sense of how we are doing both individually and as a society… The government’s goal should be to drive individuals and organizations to find new ways to improve the standards of living of individuals and families on these dimensions.” (5)

  • The problem - “Education is at the heart of the American Dream, and essential for the United States to compete globally in the decades to come. Every American should have the opportunity throughout their lives to obtain the skills and education to realize their full potential—starting long before they enter kindergarten, and all the way through a certificate program, on-the-job training, community college, or a four-year degree." (JoeBiden.com)

  • The solution - (JoeBiden.com)

  1. "Support our educators by giving them the pay and dignity they deserve.

  2. Invest in resources for our schools so students grow into physically and emotionally healthy adults, and educators can focus on teaching.

  3. Ensure that no child’s future is determined by their zip code, parents’ income, race, or disability.

  4. Provide every middle and high school student a path to a successful career."

Healthcare

7% of Americans identify healthcare as the most important problem facing the country today - (1)

Yang
  • The problem - “Access to quality healthcare is one of the most important factors in overall well being, and yet America is one of the few industrialized nations not to provide healthcare for all of its citizens. Instead, we have a private healthcare system that leaves millions uninsured and bankrupts even some of those who do have health insurance. At the same time, our cost of care is higher than in almost any other industrialized country while providing worse outcomes”

  • The solution

Biden
  • The problem - “We should defend and build upon the Affordable Care Act to ensure every American has access to quality, affordable health care. And, we should dedicate the full force of our nation’s expertise and resources to tackle our greatest public health challenges, including cancer, opioid addiction, and mental health.”

  • The solution - “Biden said he doesn’t support turning Medicare into a national health insurance program for everyone because “the vast majority of people are satisfied with their own health care system today.” He said he favors “making a Medicare option available to all people” in which “you’d be able to keep your own insurance if you’re satisfied.”

Medicare for All

The Opioid Crisis

Expand Affordable Care Act

  • The problem - “The opiate addiction crisis exists in large part because our government thought it was okay for companies to make a lot of money prescribing addictive opiates to millions of people. This was a failure of government. And now the Federal Government must do all it can to address this crisis, including funding treatment for millions of Americans. There is a modern-day plague in America and we cannot rest until it is controlled and defeated". "Approximately 115 AMERICANS die each day from an opioid overdose. Many more struggle through addiction, including all the negative health and behavioral impacts that it entails. Nearly 220 MILLION prescriptions for opioids were written in 2016, despite the risks of these drugs being well known, and over 2.6 MILLION are addicted to opiates….Outside of the immediate health effects, drug trafficking and related crimes have sprung up in communities throughout America in order to cater to these addictions. And our country’s healthcare system, complicit in the creation of the crisis, hasn’t found a way to treat the outbreak."

  • The solution

  1. "Through a Medicare for All system, we can ensure that all Americans receive the healthcare they deserve. Not only will this raise the quality of life for all Americans, but, by increasing access to preventive care, it will bring overall healthcare costs down.

  2. Holistic healthcare for all Americans

  3. Bend the cost curve of healthcare down

  4. Focus on preventive and holistic

  5. Change the incentive structure doctor

  6. Allow doctors and hospitals to innovate in treatment"

  1. "Quintuple Federal funding, from $4.5 to $20 billion per year directed toward addiction treatment and rehabilitation for addictive opiates at the local levels. 

  2. Impose a new tax on opiate manufacturers to fund treatment and rehabilitation, retroactive to 2005. The drug companies will pay to treat the conditions they have profited from. 

  3. Decriminalize, at the federal level, small quantities of opioid use and possession (anything under 5-10 days of personal use).

  4. Make treatment programs much more available and affordable to anyone found with small quantities of these drugs.

  5. Change the incentive structure doctor

  6. The FDA should allow only doctors who complete specialized education in pain management to prescribe opioids for more than a few days. All states should limit the size of prescriptions and require all opioid prescriptions to be made from hospitals instead of individual offices/practices"

The Environment

4% of Americans identify the environment as the most important problem facing the country today - (1)

Yang
  • The problem - “Climate change is an existential threat to humanity and our way of life. It should be a top priority of the federal government to implement policies to control anthropogenic climate change while working with other governments to implement these policies throughout the world." "It’s important to regulate fossil fuels, both to control climate change and to improve the health of the average American. Renewable energy must be invested in, not only as a means of moderating climate change but also to drive economic growth. However, innovation must also be relied on to reverse the damage already caused." "While the role of the federal government is important, much of the work will be done at the state, or even neighborhood, level. The federal government should support local efforts through funding and market-based incentives. "

  • The solution

Biden
  • The problem - Joe Biden has called climate change an ‘existential threat,’ and as Vice President was instrumental in orchestrating the Paris Climate Accord

  • The solution - "A climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters who elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach"

Combat climate change

‘Middle Ground’ climate policy

  1. "Invest heavily in carbon capture and geoengineering technologies designed to reverse the damage already done to the environment through a new Global Geoengineering Institute and invite international participation.

  2. Invest in any idea that has the potential to reverse the damage done to the environment, for example cloud-seeding technology to increase the atmosphere’s reflectivity.

  3. Institute a tax on emissions that will fund health care initiatives and research for respiratory diseases that are a direct result of these emissions.

  4. Empower and appoint an action-oriented leader of the EPA and direct the EPA to regulate carbon emissions."

Carbon Fee and Dividend

  • The problem - “The cost of burning fossil fuels is paid by all of us, but the benefits are disproportionately gained by industry. There is very little incentive to control the rate at which fossil fuels are burned or CO2 is released into the atmosphere. While a carbon tax would disincentivize the burning of fossil fuels, the money would enter the federal bureaucracy and be detached from other solutions to the problems associated with climate change."

  • The solution

  1. "Propose a carbon fee and dividend systems that: ( Sets an initial carbon tax of $40/ton, which would increase in regular intervals---Use that tax to fund----The Universal Basic Income and Projects that are enhancing efficiency of fossil fuels or increasing availability of renewable resources

  2. Create a border carbon adjustment to protect American goods that would: ( Charge a fee to imports from countries that don’t impose a similar carbon fee, or some type of carbon tax. ----Provide a rebate to exports to countries that don’t impose a similar carbon fee, or some type of carbon tax.)"

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