|Job description||Represents his/her district in the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the legislative branch of the United States. Term is two years.|
|Jana Lynne Sanchez|
|Jason Allen Harber|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for US Representative?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Currently, I am a communications consultant. I attended Waxahachie High School and was able to attend Rice University thanks to my wonderful public school teachers there and a combination of federal financial aid and scholarships. I grew up extremely poor right here in the district and so I am familiar with the challenges our local working families face. Beyond that, my experiences as a small business owner have helped me understand what our local economy truly needs to thrive. The people of District 6 deserve a representative who will fight for them in Congress, and I am the right candidate to do so.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: 95% of our campaign donations have come from individuals (4% from PACs; the Hispanic Caucus’s BOLD PAC and the New Democratic Coalition PAC).
If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: If elected, the first piece of legislation I would propose would be my health care plan. We face many serious problems here in District 6, but the most pressing is access to quality and reasonably-priced health care. Adequate medical care is a basic human right, and no one deserves to suffer because they cannot afford treatment. My comprehensive plan for universal and affordable health care is supported by medical professionals and politicians alike, because it would stabilize and reduce the cost of procedures and medications while decreasing overall cost for hospitals and doctors. If elected, I promise to fight for a solution that will solve the health care crisis, not penalize the poorest and sickest among us.
What is your position on the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana? What regulations should there be on marijuana usage?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Marijuana should be legal, taxed, and regulated. We need to stop sending people to prison for non-violent offenses like recreational drug use. The use of medical marijuana can have substantial benefits and can be an effective part of a pain management and wellness plan. Texas should join the other states that deal with marijuana through regulation rather than criminalization. This would free up law enforcement resources and provide additional revenues for schools and infrastructure.
What are your priorities for comprehensive immigration reform?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: I support immigration reform that is humane and that offers a path to legal status. We simply have no idea who the majority of people who are here ‘illegally’ are. Under my plan, immigrants could come forward safely, so we know who they are and how to find them. They will pay taxes at the same rate as other Americans, and would be contributing members of society. After one year of living and working in the U.S., visa holders should have the right to apply for citizenship following the normal procedure. I also believe Dreamers should be fast-tracked to citizenship and never again face the terror of being deported back to a country they are unfamiliar with and that they do not call home. Dreamers are tax-paying contributing members of society who have faced thorough screening and who came forward voluntarily with their information. It is time to welcome them as American citizens.
What solutions do you propose for health care system reform?
Jana Lynne Sanchez: Universal affordable healthcare is a basic human right. We can do better for patients and for all taxpayers by building on what works in the US system and expanding it to cover everyone. Republicans have threatened the life and health of all Americans by rushing to repeal the ACA with no viable replacement.
My experience living in two countries with universal healthcare (Britain and the Netherlands) gives me first-hand insight into what would work and what would not work in the U.S. My priority is to make health care more affordable, effective and universal for all. Taking health insurance away from millions of Americans makes no sense. Making it more accessible and affordable for more people makes perfect sense.
I will push legislation that creates universal healthcare but that will work to control prices by creating a Healthcare Cost Review Commission that would decide and standardize the cost of all medical procedures and medications. This has already been successfully implemented in Maryland. Under this system, insurance companies would compete for clients but the amount of the premium that could cover administrative costs and profit would be strictly regulated on a federal level. I also believe in the expansion of Medicaid to anyone below the poverty line, and subsidies for health insurance to make sure all lower-income workers can afford healthcare. This should be funded increased taxes on the very highest income earners. We should also allow the voluntary expansion of Medicare at cost or anyone of any age as an option to private insurance (and to increase competition with for-profit insurers).