Economic Justice

In America today, too many people struggle to afford healthcare. Too many people struggle to even pay rent. For some Americans, the Great Recession never truly ended—and few can avoid wondering what will happen to them when the next financial crisis hits. Meanwhile, Congress is still happy to do the bidding of corporate lobbyists when it thinks the public isn't looking.

  • Enact true single-payer healthcare. The Affordable Care Act has saved the lives of tens of thousands of Americans who would have been unable to afford vital health care without it. However, in 2016 there were still 27 million Americans without health insurance. Furthermore, by attempting to leave as much as possible about the pre-ACA system unchanged, the ACA introduced complexities that have caused headaches for many small business owners and self-employed people. We need to fix these problems by adopting a true universal healthcare system, such as Medicare-For-All.

  • Simplify and expand the welfare state. As the wealthiest country in the world, America has a responsibility to take care of its poor and vulnerable. And yet 43.1 million Americans live in poverty. Years of Republican cuts have left the welfare state inadequate to take care of the poor, the disabled, and those who have fallen on hard times. America’s welfare bureaucracy is so complex that many social workers’ entire job is helping people figure out what benefits they qualify for. Some programs create perverse incentives not to save, work full-time, or seek promotion. We must expand welfare while streamlining programs, for example by enacting a guaranteed basic income.

  • Simplify the tax code while raising taxes on the wealthy. Every April, millions of Americans struggle with the tax code. Rich people can afford to hire tax professionals to minimize their taxes, while everyday working people pay more than they should. It’s a huge giveaway to tax preparation companies and to the wealthy. It’s no wonder that programs intended to benefit the middle-class actually end up benefiting the richest. We will reach across the aisle to close loopholes and make the tax code easy for everyday people to understand. But tax simplification alone isn’t enough. The rich have been getting the benefits of living in the greatest country in the world, but they haven’t been paying their fair share of the costs. We must increase taxes on the wealthiest Americans.

  • Reform the Federal Reserve. After the 2008 financial crisis, the financial companies responsible for the crisis received bailouts, while too little was done to help out most of the people who lost their jobs. Since then, we haven't done enough to make sure we don't see a replay of those events when the next crisis hits. We need to reform the Federal Reserve to strengthen anti-bailout rules, while making sure it has better tools to fight recessions without rewarding the people who cause them.

  • Enact public financing of congressional campaigns. Many politicians appear to be too busy fundraising to do the actual jobs they were elected to do. We’re supposed to have a democratic government where everyone has an equal say, but all too often big donors get to call the shots. We need to enact public financing of US House and Senate campaigns and strengthen public financing of presidential campaigns.