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April 4, 2017 — Local Elections
United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 34

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Vanessa L. Aramayo

Anti-Poverty Non-Profit Director
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Healthcare for all
  • Protecting Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security
  • Ensuring Economic Security

Experience

Experience

Profession:Director of non-profit organisation, Former District Director to Former US Congresswoman
Director, California Partnership (2011–2015)
Deputy Director, The Council of Mexican Federations (COFEM) (2009–2012)
District Director, Congresswoman Jane Harman (36th District) (2006–2009)
Senior Field Representative, Assembly Majority Leader Dario Frommer (2002–2006)
Development Associate, Tetra Tech (1998–2002)

Education

University of California, Los Angeles Bachelor Of Science, Political Science (2001)

Political Beliefs

Ensuring Quality and Affordable Health Care for All

Summary

Ensuring Quality and Affordable Health Care for All

A government sponsored Single-Payer universal health care plan is the ultimate goal. Given the Trump Administration’s and Republican Congress’ “repeal and replace ACA" mantra, there may be an opening for states like California to lead and pass their own single-payer system.

I will fight against efforts to repeal the ACA that would leave millions without coverage. I will also work with colleagues and communities to push for single-payer in California given the dire threat of attacks on the ACA. Just as alarming are threats to Medicaid coverage.

My focus will be to fight attacks on access to health care, keep expansion of Medicaid and stop privatization of Medicare. There has been no alternative plan offered on what to do with the ACA and what any repeal may mean to access and plan choice. Simply calling for repeal is irresponsible and unacceptable.

There is widespread and growing support for many of the measures in the ACA and I consider these to be non-negotiable:

1) Coverage for people with pre-existing conditions

2) Allowing children to stay on parent’s plan up to age 26

3) Providing mental health and addiction coverage

4) Cost control goals that require providers to focus on quality, not quantity of care

5) Expansion of Medicaid that led to coverage for millions of low-income and disabled children and adults

​6) Subsidies that led to 20 million more Americans gaining access to health insurance.

​These volatile dynamics present an opportunity to bring voices of patients, constituents, nurses and health care providers to the table to push for a guaranteed universal coverage plan.

Supporting Medicaid Expansion

Summary
Supporting Medicaid Expansion

One of the most significant gains in access to affordable health care under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the expansion of Medicaid coverage. Millions of low-income and disabled Americans faced severe financial hardship from receiving either the preventative care or continuing care they need. Medicaid expansion was a game changer. It gave millions of Americans the opportunity to take cost-saving preventative measures on cost-driving conditions like diabetes and heart disease. It also allowed access to health care where prohibitive costs often left people at risk of early death, debilitating disease and bankruptcy.

​Republican governors in states like Ohio and Kentucky are telling their members of congress not to dismantle Medicaid expansion. Discussions of block-granting Medicaid to states will result in the dismantling of Medicaid expansion and leave our most vulnerable—poor children, struggling families and the disabled—without access to any form of health care except for costly visits to taxpayer funded emergency rooms.

Saying NO to Privatization of Medicare and Social Security

Summary
Saying NO to Privatization of Medicare and Social Security

Seniors must be able to retire with dignity. To do this, Medicare and Social Security must be protected. Throughout their working lives, senior citizens paid into Medicare and Social Security and earned the benefits they should now be able to easily access. Social Security can be easily improved by increasing the income cap on which payroll taxes are paid for social security. It is a simple way to preserve and protect the benefit.
Privatizing Medicare will lead to three things:

  1. Huge profits for the health care industry
  2. Higher costs for Medicare patients
  3. Barriers to affordable health care for our elders

I will work with my constituents to bring your voices to Washington to stop efforts to gut Social Security and Medicare!

Videos (2)

— March 22, 2017 Vanessa for Congress

Vanessa's first video launching the campaign. She has the experience in government, politics, and in nonprofits working with communities. She understands the issues facing Angelenos and in her integrity she has not partnered with any special interests groups in order to be your true champion in Washington.

— March 22, 2017 Vanessa For Congress

Vanessa's latest video highlights how she has worked hard in my career in government and the non-profit sector to deliver results. Her experiences has equipped her to take good care of the 34th congressional community that has taken care of her. 4.4.17 don’t forget to VOTE VANESSA!

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