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LD 26, Pos. 2

Joy Stanford

Joy Stanford is a healthcare expert and educator, who spent 14 years in the private sector helping seniors and underserved populations access Medicare and Medicaid. Up until the coronavirus hit, she worked with a non-profit helping people avoid housing instability. Stanford will fight to rebuild our economy to work for everyone-not just wealthy corporations.

Stanford will work to rebuild an economy that works for everyone, not just big corporations.

  • Stanford proposes creating a career and technical education diploma for Washington State high schools. This program would provide an alternate pathway to traditional high school graduation.
  • Stanford knows firsthand the devastating effects high health care costs can have on a family, especially in rural areas. Stanford will fight to reduce the cost of prescription drugs and limit out-of-pocket costs on all health insurance programs. She will work to expand access to rural health care, and Stanford will fight to protect coverage for people with pre-existing conditions, including those who test positive for the coronavirus
  • We cannot rely on foreign countries for essential medical supplies. Stanford will invest in medical supply manufacturing here in Puget Sound, to grow manufacturing jobs and ensure we have the health supplies we need.

Michelle Caldier

Caldier’s values are out of step with Washington.

Gutting protections for pre-existing conditions. Despite the pandemic, after taking tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the healthcare and pharmaceutical industry, Caldier opposed requiring insurance companies cover preventative care and supports gutting protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Took drug company money and voted against limits on the cost of insulin. Hundreds of thousands of people in Washington are dependent on prescription insulin to survive. The cost of insulin has nearly doubled in the last few years to 450 dollars a month. But after Caldier took tens of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the health care and pharmaceutical industry, they voted against placing limits on out-of-pocket costs of prescription insulin.

Opposes a woman’s right to choose. Caldier strongly opposes a woman’s right to choose. Caldier’s allies even led legislation to end all legal abortions in Washington, including in cases of rape and incest and even if the life of the mother is in danger.

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