Publicly funded clinical drug trials. The current system of financing research through government imposed patent monopolies is incredibly inefficient. As a result, drugs that would be cheap in a free market sell at outrageous prices. This vast gap between the patent-protected price and the production costs encourage corruption. If the government paid for the clinical trials (buying rights to promising compounds) all new drugs could be sold at generic prices.
Stop subsidizing the meat and dairy industry and industrialized farming - these industries create food that harm our health and promotes animal cruelty and damages the environment. I want my tax dollars to support organic farmers which improves health, helps the environment, and cause no animals to suffer. Eating meat & dairy increase our health care costs.
Transparency in healthcare pricing: Require healthcare providers (hospitals, doctors practices) to publish (e.g., post on website) the prices charges for standard procedures, services, and supplies. This will allow patients to comparison shop, allow data mining to uncover and publicize extraordinarily high charges, and encourage responsible pricing. If we can require gas prices to be posted publicly, we can do the same for the price of a appendectomy, a mammogram, a flu shot, an x-ray, etc.
No revolving door between our regulatory agencies (FDA, USDA, EPA) and the corporations that they are responsible for regulating. No agency personnel can be employed by or receive any income from a corporation that they regulate for 15 years. No employee, manager, or board member of such a corporation can be employed by a government regulatory agency
How we handle mental illness. We need outreach to younger kids and teenagers dealing with depression or bullying. The criminally insane should be in facilities that are equipped to handle them and not in prisons. We need facilities and programs as a preventative resource to assist families and individuals dealing with mental illness. This should include work programs as well as financial resources to assist families. We need more free drug rehab programs.
Establish ANY kind of federal oversight of concentrated animal feeding operations. Ex: Make agribusiness accountable for the untreated animal wastes that contaminate surrounding communities. Establish some sort of limit on the size of "factory farms" to reduce the overcrowding of animals, curtailing the overuse of antibiotics. Provide at least minimal regulation of conditions on these farms and prevent the passage of unconstitutional "ag-gag" bills.
Ban large-scale production of GMOs globally. These foods offer nothing productive in terms of economic advantage for the farmers, and instead jack up health care costs in the forms or respiratory problems, toxic reactions from pesticide overexposure, birth defects, along with obstructing food biodiversity - to name a few. The health and economic benefits of eliminating this in our food chain far outweigh the profits of the agri-businesses who engineer them.
House the homeless, don't warehouse them. Many homeless are on SSI and SSDI and can afford a place for $400/month. I know a case where the housing authority pays $500 and the person pays $300 for an $800 apartment. It would be a lot cheaper for everyone for the housing authority to build passive solar to European PassivHaus standard, with solar heat and hot water, minimal footprint. This can be done cheaper. Rocky Mountain Institute, rmi.org, has can show HUD how to do this.
Restore the powers of the FDA and EPA and give them the funding they need to enforce safety and consumer protection laws. We need to go back to the idea of working together, as a country, and counteract this "ideal" of individualism and "every man for himself. The United States is most powerful when we act as such.