Allow all Americans to enroll in Medicare. Because the insurance premiums people pay would be equal to the cost, the program would pay for itself. In many states, a few private insurance companies control the market, restricting consumer choice and driving up the cost of care. The people deserve a public option. Opening up the Medicare system increases competition and provides more options to consumers.
Reign in the Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The FDA works for the drug companies and the USDA works for Monsanto. Appointing corporate insiders and industry friendly politicians to these agencies is leading to the destruction of the health of the nation. Its no different than appointing Wall street insiders to manage the people's money. The revolving door between industry and government must be closed in these two agencies so they can be reformed.
Take the issue of women's right to choose and abort an unwanted pregnancy off the table in politics; it's a woman's personal decision, not the government's. It should be a basic right to choose and not up for grabs every election. The hardest hit by this are the poor and minorities. It's wrong to subject someone to a pregnancy if they can't or don't want to raise a child. Keep politics out of such decisions!
Reform federal farm subsidies so that crops are supported in proportion to the government dietary recommendations. This means that fruit and vegetable production will receive about 50% of all subsidies (rather than the 2% they currently receive), making them more affordable and increasing their production.
Paid maternity/paternity leave for new parents (similar to Canada and European countries). It's a disgrace that the United States is one of only three of 85 industrialized nations who doesn't have paid maternity leave (even Pakistan has 12 weeks). New moms are NOT ready to leave their newborns after 2 weeks (vacation) or 6 weeks (short term disability if they are lucky) and it's not good for the baby either. How about one of the parties actually supporting family friendly policies?
It is absurd the US is the only industrialized country that does not provide healthcare insurance to every one of its citizens. It is long past time we had a comprehensive uniform national healthcare insurance program under the federal government. All other insurance would be eliminated. Everyone would be required to have it and employers only should be given the option to contribute. Existing insurance companies would be contracted to administer the program under uniform federal standards.
Pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to promote their products directly to patients with expensive ad campaigns designed to create a market for their new drug. Pharmaceutical companies should not be allowed to bribe doctors to promote their products, including using lots of euphemisms for "bribe" to get away with using this unethical practice.
Add dental, vision and hearing insurance to Obamacare and Medicaid and require insurance companies to cover all expenses with no maximum limits and minimum acceptable coverage requirements.. These policies currently can cost consumers tens of thousands of dollars per year even when they have insurance.