Allison believes healthcare should be a right, not a privilege, and supports universal healthcare. The ACA was an improvement for many, including Allison, who was able to start a business because the ACA Essential Benefits enabled her to purchase affordable private insurance. However, it is far from perfect. Healthcare and prescription drug costs are out of control. Many Americans struggle to pay high premiums and deductibles. In the current system, patient, insurance company, and health care provider interests are fundamentally misaligned.
Universal healthcare would not only improve health outcomes, it would lower costs, increase job mobility, remove barriers to retirement, enable entrepreneurship, and ease burdens on small businesses. While working towards universal healthcare, Allison will pursue policies to improve access to safe and efficacious low-cost prescription medications and improve our current system, expand Medicare and Medicaid, and guarantee our access to quality, affordable healthcare, including reproductive and mental health.
America is a “land of opportunity,” yet a disgraceful number of Americans live in poverty. Allison believes that securing a basic standard of living and improving the quality of life for each and every individual is not only the right thing to do, it’s the practical thing to do. As a working mother and small business-owner, Allison understands the importance of a thriving economy and the availability of well-paying jobs within the First District.
Allison would work to implement sustainable and fiscally responsible economic policies that create well-paying jobs and encourage business growth. Through public-private partnerships and smart, targeted investments, we can leverage the strengths of both government and industry to create jobs and achieve positive, enduring returns which benefit our communities. To put Marylanders to work, Allison would support investments in areas such as:
- Clean energy technology such as wind, hydroelectric, and solar power
- Physical infrastructure such as water utilities, roads, bridges, and public transportation
- Digital infrastructure, including high-speed broadband for all
- Training and continuing education programs to create and maintain a skilled workforce and allow advancement
- Healthcare expansion in rural areas
At the same time, Allison would fight to promote healthy work-life balances and protect and expand workers' rights to safe working environments, equal pay for equal work, paid vacation and sick leave, paid maternity/paternity/family leave, consistent hours, and a livable minimum wage. She would also support policies making it easier for Veterans to transition into the civilian workforce, such as reciprocity for military training in commercial certifications.
Preserving the environment is critical to protect our health, our economy, and our posterity. We must have clean air, clean water, and safe food. Our beautiful beaches, the Chesapeake Bay, and our farmlands are a large part of our economy. Allison supports sensible policies and investments that create sustainable, affordable solutions to preserve our environment while protecting the interests of our residents, our watermen, our farmers, and future generations.
Technological advancements offer many possible solutions - and create jobs. Clean energy technology such as wind, hydroelectric, and solar power can serve the energy needs of the community and provide energy choice while helping to fight climate change. Development and maintenance of water utility infrastructure across the country helps the nation’s water utilities anticipate, plan for, and adapt to risks from flooding, sea level rise, and storm surge. Smart farming and precision agriculture can improve yield while reducing water wastage, chemical run-off, and CO2 emissions.
Our children are our future, and education is a great equalizer in America. We must strengthen our public education system, Pre-K through university, and take immediate action to address the student debt crisis. Students, teachers, and administrators must be given the tools, support, and flexibility they need to prepare students for a global economy. Every graduate of an American high school should possess the skills and knowledge to enter the workforce directly or to attend a trade school or higher education institution anywhere in the country – debt free.
Allison will work to ensure our local schools get the resources they need to attract great teachers, update facilities, invest in technology, test innovative approaches, and reduce class sizes, while meeting robust federal standards for accountability. She will work to remove the barriers many parents face in obtaining critical special education services, and improve the services provided so all of our children are given opportunity to thrive. She will fight to expand technical and vocational programs in high schools so they benefit the students who need them the most.
In addition to traditional programs, public universities and trade schools should establish or expand accelerated online, evening, or weekend programs in order to help working professionals continue their education and advance in their careers while simultaneously balancing familial and professional responsibilities. Allison would work to ensure that higher education is available to all who need it free or debt-free and close the student loan bankruptcy loophole which encourages predatory behavior on the part of student lenders and for-profit universities. Lower-rate refinancing and loan consolidation must be offered to provide relief for individuals currently struggling to pay their student loans.
Anti-Corruption: Ethical Government and Fair Elections
The government will not put people first until we get big money out of politics. We must overturn Citizens United, prohibit politicians from raising funds from interests they regulate or from taking actions to benefit interests that spend heavily to influence their elections, and limit campaign contributions and fundraising activities by lobbyists.
Allison supports the American Anti-Corruption Act, a piece of model legislation designed to limit the influence of money in American politics by overhauling lobbying, transparency, and campaign finance laws.
Allison would also oppose Congressional exemptions from legislature. If a law is good enough for us to be subjected to, it better be good enough for Congress to be subjected to also.
The men and women of our armed services—and their families—make incredible sacrifices to protect our country. They must be treated with respect, given the best tools available to complete their missions, and be honored for their contributions. We owe it to taxpayers to achieve these goals without breaking the bank.
Research and Development (R&D) and Training are critical investments to meet these goals. Allison specializes in program management and acquisition streamlining for defense R&D programs. She would work to make the federal government operate more efficiently, and invest in critical training and new technology in military medical, intelligence, and cybersecurity programs to protect our troops and preserve our national security.
Constitutional Rights (and the Second Amendment)
Allison will make protection of all of our Constitutional rights a priority. The right to bear arms deserves protection just like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, right to vote, right to privacy, or right to due process. Allison was married to a veteran—an expert rifleman—for over a decade. She respects that gun ownership is a way of life for hundreds of thousands of Marylanders, especially in rural areas. She even enjoys target shooting.
Gun ownership is a Constitutional right and part of our culture; Allison has no intention of interfering with responsible gun ownership. However, just like voting has some reasonable requirements, such as being a citizen and registered to vote, and limitations, such as not voting twice, to prevent fraud, we can simultaneously keep people safe and respect our constitutional right to bear arms with some reasonable requirements and limitations on gun ownership. Allison supports:
- Limiting magazines to 10 bullets or less
- Free mandatory gun safety training with purchase of a weapon
- Enhanced mandatory background check requirements, standardized across all states (including for private sales)
- Correct "default proceed" loophole; instead, provide avenue for timely resolution of disputes
- Promoting government programs to collect and study information about trends in gun violence