My Pledge

Kim believes that our country’s leadership is going in the wrong direction. The Republican Party is corrupt and has lost sight of representing their own constituents. This is unfortunate! As a former solider, Kim learned many lessons, most of which is: know your enemy. Family, enemies are the fat cat selfish interest groups who value money over country. Kimberly says:

There is no hope in unity if we follow their values. We won’t always agree. But as with my time in the military, I learned that we must always have each other’s backs.


Improving Veteran's Healthcare

As a veteran, Kim used the VA system after departing the military. She grew frustrated because she experienced long wait times. Over time the VA has improved, but we still have a lot to do to ensure our Vets get quality care in a timely manner. Republicans have voiced a preference for privatizing the VA. Kim does not support the privatization of the VA. Why should anyone profit from the suffering or health of those who defend our nation? Kim supports the Veterans’ Choice Program, which allows Vets to receive healthcare from community providers rather than waiting months for a VA appointment or traveling long distances to a VA facility. When elected Kim will push for increased funding for the Veterans’ Choice Program and will advocate to hire qualified doctors and nurses for the VA. While the Veterans’ Choice Program is a good start, this should only be an additional option for Vets. We should continue to find solutions to improve the VA.
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Education

There should be an equity among all American citizens. There should be parity among all students who desire to be part of the American citizenry. Private and charter schools should not be placed at an advantage over public schools. Public education should be resourced in a way that demonstrates our desire to support the masses.
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Student Loans

As college tuition has increased, so has student debt. Currently student debt in the United States is at $1.48 trillion and 44.2 million Americans struggle to pay off their student loans. Republicans in Congress has done nothing to adequately address this issue. They have only made it more difficult for hard working Americans to find a way to get debt relief. The Prosper Act that was introduced in the House will eliminate Loan Forgiveness programs for public-service employees. The Perkins Loan Program for low-income undergraduate and graduate students will be eliminated under this bill and will rise interest rates on student loans for financially needy students. If elected I will oppose passing the Prosper Act and fight to create more incentives for students to have their loans forgiven.


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Our Environment

If we don’t take care of our home, it will eventually become in habitable. Kim is dedicated to clean energy; as the USA moves forward as a leader in global ascendancy and preservation of North America’s unique landmark, and National Treasures that preserve our national monuments and parks, such as Bears Ears and Grand Staircase.


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Healthcare

While in the military all soldiers and every member of his/her family had access to quality and affordable healthcare. Why can’t all Americans have that same benefit?

My wife’s mother was diagnosed with Cancer- too late because she could not afford health care, said Walker. “Gus Bilirakis and the Republicans are damning other USA citizens to the same fate. They want to take health care and protections away from millions of us, and increase costs (and cover less) for others, while they benefit from an exceptional health care plan.

Before the ACA, insurance companies could deny any high risk individual healthcare. After ACA was passed that changed. Yet, there is still more work to be done to ensure hard working Americans purchase affordable healthcare. Since the Republicans have taken US Congress, they have continuously pushed to repeal ACA. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the repeal of ACA would leave 23 million Americans uninsured. The ACA isn’t perfect but it can be improved. Kim proposes allowing states to offer a Medicaid buy-in for people who qualify for health insurance subsidies. A family of four making less than $85,000 should be able to use the federal subsidies to purchase state Medicaid plans.


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Prescription Drugs

Historic increases in prescription drug prices and spending are contributing to unsustainable heath care costs in the United States. The cost of FDA approval and clinical trials adds billions to the cost of prescription drugs. Kim proposes passing legislation that will allow US pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that have been manufactured outside USA that have passed the same stringent regulations. This will not only lower cost but also bypass FDA approvals. Another option would be to pass an already existing legislation that was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Peter Welch (Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017). The bill amends Title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies regarding prices for drugs covered under the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Current law prohibits CMS from doing so.


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Opioid Epidemic

Florida has been hit hard by the opioid overdose epidemic. According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Heroin, Fentanyl and Oxycodone were directly responsible for the deaths of 3,896 Floridians. This crisis demands more attention, greater access to treatment for those affected, and limition of prescriptions of these drugs to patients.


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