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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)

Warren
  • The problem - “Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation.”

  • The solution - “First, by passing legislation that requires large tech platforms to be designated as “Platform Utilities” and broken apart from any participant on that platform...Second, my administration would appoint regulators committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers.”

The Freedom Dividend 

Human Centered Capitalism

Wealth Tax

Break up large companies

  • 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 - “Our tax code focuses on taxing income, but a family’s wealth is also an important measure of how much it has benefitted from the economy and its ability to pay taxes. And judged against wealth, our tax system asks the rich to pay a lot less than everyone else.”

  • The solution - "Zero additional tax on any household with a net worth of less than $50 million (99.9% of American households) ------2% annual tax on household net worth between $50 million and $1 billion-----1% annual Billionaire Surtax (3% tax overall) on household net worth above $1 billion"

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

Warren
  • The problem - “A family's security can be swept away with just one bad diagnosis - just like with my little family back in Oklahoma. When I was 12, my daddy had a heart attack and we almost lost everything," said Senator Warren. "So long as private health insurance exists, there is no reason to allow our health care to be held hostage by insurance companies that refuse to do better. Our bill will hold them accountable while significantly improving access to healthcare for millions of Americans."

  • The solution - "The Consumer Health Insurance Protection Act holds insurance companies accountable by putting an end to practices that hurt patients and requiring companies to live up to the same high standards that are set for private insurers when they participate in Medicare and Medicaid. The bill sets up an ombudsman program to track consumer complaints about insurers, sets limits on insurance company profits to match those private insurers can earn in Medicare and Medicaid, and protects against unreasonable premium increases with stronger rate review standards. The bill also requires insurers making money off Medicare and Medicaid to offer coverage on the ACA exchanges in areas with limited insurer competition."

Medicare for All

The Opioid Crisis

Consumer Health Insurance Protection 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"

  1. "Joining every other major country on Earth and guaranteeing health care to all people as a right, not a privilege, through a Medicare-for-all, single-payer program."

  2. "Allow Medicare to negotiate with the big drug companies to lower prescription drug prices with the Medicare Drug Price Negotiation Act."

  3. "Allow patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to buy low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other industrialized countries with the Affordable and Safe Prescription Drug Importation Act."

The Opioid Crisis

  • The problem - "Life expectancy in the United States dropped again in 2017, part of the longest sustained decline in a century — one largely driven by the opioid epidemic. More than 685,000 Americans have died from a drug overdose in the United States this century, and it’s getting worse. In 2017, that number was 70,000 people, the highest year on record, and the majority of those deaths were due to opioids."

  • The solution

  • "The CARE Act proposal is modeled on the Ryan White CARE Act, providing resources directly to first responders, public health departments, and communities on the front lines of this crisis — so that they have the resources to provide prevention, treatment, and recovery services for those who need it most.

  • Under the CARE Act, states and communities will receive $100 billion in federal funding over the next ten years — because that’s what’s needed to make sure every single person gets the treatment they need."

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

Warren
  • The problem - "Americans go every year to experience the beauty of our natural environment. At 25% of America’s total land, they are also an irreplaceable resource.  But today, those lands are under threat. The Trump administration is busy selling off our public lands to the oil, gas and coal industries for pennies on the dollar — expanding fossil fuel extraction that destroys pristine sites across the country while pouring an accelerant on our climate crisis."

  • The solution - "That’s why on my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that says no more drilling — a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases, including for drilling offshore and on public lands.I’d also reinstate the methane pollution rule to limit existing oil and gas projects from releasing harmful gases that poison our air, and reinstitute the clean water rule to protect our lakes, rivers, and streams, and the drinking water they provide... As President, I will set a goal of providing 10% of our overall electricity generation from renewable sources offshore or on public lands"

Combat climate change

Public Lands

  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.)"

Green Manufacturing Plan for America

  • The problem - “Over the next decade, the expected market for clean energy technology in emerging economies alone is $23 trillion. America should dominate this new market. We have the creative researchers, the skilled workers, and the basic infrastructure to develop, manufacture, and export the technology the world needs to confront the existential threat of climate change."

  • The solution - “Invest $2 trillion over the next ten years in green research, manufacturing, and exporting — linking American innovation directly to American jobs, and helping achieve the ambitious targets of the Green New Deal."

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