Graduated from A.J. Moore High School, Waco, Tex., 1952; nursing certificate,
St. Mary’s College at the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Ind., 1955; B.S., Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Tex., 1967; M.P.A., Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Tex., 1976
Texas, with the highest rate of uninsured in the country — nearly twice the national rate — has a lot of catching up to do. As a registered non-practicing nurse whose political career began in nursing, I am concerned about the high uninsured health care rate in Texas. We need an action on the state level as well to increase coverage and improve the affordability of care for Texas families:
Protect state residents by limiting the sale of sub-par junk insurance plans; Boost coverage (and lower costs) by increasing outreach, enrollment and marketing; Strengthen state oversight of the individual market to improve plan participation and lower costs; Protect consumers by ensuring their health plan provides essential health benefits, like hospital care or prescription drugs; Use existing Affordable Care Act (ACA) authority to craft a reinsurance program to reduce health insurance premiums and Expand Medicaid in the State of Texas.
Educational standards are primarily the responsibility of the states and the local school districts. I have always believed that every child should have access to a quality education. Part of the equation to ensure that is done for us to invest and strengthen schools and make sure educators are properly compensated. The other part of the equation is to make sure we are making the right investments to ensure future generations of students are prepared for an increasingly competitive and globalized workforce. I have long advocated for steering students towards STEM education as I strongly believe this is where the jobs of the future will be.
Reasonable restrictions on firearms are essential to a comprehensive strategy to reduce crime and violence in our society. We must take reasonable steps to ensure that these firearms do not fall into the wrong hands, while also protecting the Second Amendment rights of responsible gun owners. I have been a strong proponent of the Brady Law, which makes background checks a requirement for gun purchases from licensed dealers. Implementing universal background checks could expand this already successful process of keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals and the mentally ill. The federal assault weapons ban is another tool that I have strongly supported as part of our nationwide strategy to curb gun violence. Gun control policies alone will not stop mass violence and I am a strong supporter of mental health reform.
As a non-practicing registered nurse, I understand how important access to quality, affordable health care is for all Americans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions of Texans are already seeing lower health care costs and receiving better insurance coverage. I support making tweaks when necessary to keep our healthcare system successful because no law is perfect but the Affordable Care Act has served us well thus far.
1) Health care; 2) Housing; 3) Environment
I support comprehensive immigration reform that will foster economic growth, keep our families and our communities together, promote our national security, and protect workers’ rights. America’s immigration system is broken, and we must forge a bipartisan agreement to fix it. As for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country, many were brought here as children and know the United States as their only home. Strong families are the cornerstone of our nation, and I believe that provisions to guarantee family unity must be included in any serious immigration reform bill.
Early on my mother and father taught my siblings and I the importance of having honesty, fairness, integrity, truthfulness, respect, fairness and kindness in everything we do in life.
2 years Collin College
Irresponsible spending. With so many issues in state and across the nation the recurring theme is always a lack of funding. What few people want to address is the bloated wasteful spending habits of all our bureaucracies. Instead of figuring out new ways and reasons to tax our money to keep all the bloat afloat we must scrutinize every single purchase the government makes. There are so many solutions to our problems if we were to reduce the scope of administration and just deal with actual issues. As its currently structured government agencies are punished if they do not spend their full budget each year. This practice must stop if we are ever going to change our current coarse.
In the last 40 years the ratio of administration to teachers has gone astray. We spend millions implementing standardized tests instead of focusing on teaching critical thinking skills. The resources used to maintain these tests could be used in many other areas including hiring more teachers. The student teacher ratio is atrocious. This typically leads to the children at either the very top or bottom of the class not get the attention and challenges they need. We spend more on athletics than we do vocational skills. The very skills that we as a nation are falling behind in. The recurring problem is that financial responsibility is punished. When a school has the opportunity to save money in one area they can not just reallocated it to the needed areas. The will be penalized the following year.
Despite what the media wants to portray I do not believe that gun violence among legal fire arms owners is a big problem in America. As we see from the war on drugs and in states like Illinois and NY prohibition does not work. I believe that an armed society is a polite society. I encourage all people to acquaint themselves with guns whether they choose ownership or not. We must educate ourselves and our children on safety and the deadliness as well as the value of self defense. People fear what they do not understand. Education is the key to safety.
The government has the right to form a health network pool for those that want or need it. I do not believe that anyone should be forced to have it or forced to pay for others to have it. By government deregulating healthcare criteria we could make it easier to bring back small private groups and charitable non profit coverage. due to over regulation we have choked out many of the affordable options that existed 40 years ago. The administration costs of these increasingly complicated systems has lead to more expensive less comprehensive coverages. I think more effort needs to be spent educating people on the importance of diet, exercise and positive life choices as one of the best ways to reduce healthcare use and cost.
Despite the incredible growth in our state our budgets both locally and statewide continue to fall short and further in debt. Where is all the money going?!? With millions of new jobs and residents our per capita debt should be shrinking. Yet here again we have same problem. Fiscal responsibility is punished. Instead of reallocating funds to the needed areas we spend every penny each year regardless of practical need or not. Legislature has sold off our toll roads to private companies instead of using the profit from those roads to add and improve others. The lottery is at an all time high in profitability yet the more that was supposed to go to the school system has not gone up proportionately. Texas legislature should all be fired if they can not find a way to save money with all the amazing opportunities we have here in Texas.
All humans have the right to seek out the greatest opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. Migrant labor has numerous economic financial and cultural benefits. The Texas tax payers however do not have responsibility to sacrifice their own families financial well being in order to support others migrating here. I will advocate to open the borders to easier more transparent entrance to the country. I will also move to remove the tax payer funded entitlements that tend to attract people who are not here to improve their lives through hard work. I do not support the proposed wall. The reality is that there are numerous ways to get in country without permission and the wall will not stop that. Furthermore I do not support the use of eminent domain in order to seize land from hardworking Americans for its construction. Removing entitlements will do far more to prevent unwanted migration. violent offenders should be held here till restitution is made.
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