Children require guidance and support to become productive citizens. Guidance includes education measures that have been demonstrated to help the students succeed with their life goals and chosen occupation. Support includes ensuring that children have adequate food, healthcare, and family care. Thus, I support policies that improve safety, health, and education of our children.
Many people are currently facing financial insecurity due to high healthcare costs, low wages, or market instability. Market instability alone has hurt our farmers, ranchers, and oil workers as well as many others. The high healthcare cost is causing individuals to avoid seeking healthcare until they have no other choice, which typically results in even higher healthcare bills. I support plans that provide stability to the people while addressing the increase in the federal deficit.
As the daughter and granddaughter of teachers, A.D. Nesbit grew up with a strong sense of the importance of education. Under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) signed by Obama, teachers are required to focus on standardized tests instead of providing the best education for their students. Despite extra regulations from the ESSA, there is little support provided to the schools, leaving teachers and administration to struggle with extra work and lack of funding. Removing the pressure that comes from these Obama regulations and returning control of education to the states allows schools to find local solutions that best fit the needs of our children and communities.
Access to healthcare ensures quality of life and productivity for Oklahomans, especially during this pandemic. Oklahoma faces two major challenges to healthcare accessibility: lack of rural doctors and hospitals and rising costs. In the last decade, eight rural hospitals have closed in Oklahoma, meaning people must drive farther for regular and life-saving healthcare. As of last year, about 26% of people in Oklahoma have medical debt. This has led to Oklahomans missing work and getting sicker because they cannot afford the cost of healthcare. Healthcare reform is needed to ensure hospitals can remain open and to help rein in costs to allow people to live a prosperous and productive life.
Supporting our troops is part of A.D. Nesbit's family. Both grandfathers fought in WWII, her father-in-law fought in Korea, her uncle fought in Vietnam, and her cousin was stationed in Japan. Our military has a proud history that deserves our support and respect. Supporting our troops and veterans requires more than just celebrating Armed Forces, Memorial Day, and Veterans Day. We must consider the needs of troops to fulfill their duty, including adequate training, equipment, and salary. Our veterans need to know that we will never forget their sacrifices for this great country, and A.D. Nesbit supports them without fail.
Working long hours under all conditions, our farmers and ranchers have always been essential for our country. Recent administration tariffs have cut the market income of many farms and ranches due to loss in trade. The pandemic has also caused supply chain interruptions further hurting our farmers and ranchers. For long-term consideration, programs to support soil and water security help farmers and ranchers expand their yields. A.D. Nesbit will support farmers and ranchers of Oklahoma by working for open trade and ensuring supply chains that get produce and livestock to market.
Abortion is a tragedy. Fortunately, there are two proven methods for decreasing abortions: education and healthcare access. Education provides support towards a stable life and long-term goals. Access to healthcare ensures that young women understand family planning and reduces potential complications during the pregnancy. In addition to education and healthcare, there may be a third option to decrease abortions. Women in their late twenties, in long-term relationships, and with at least one child are having abortions due to the cost of pregnancy and childbirth. The cost of pregnancy and childbirth can be decreased by reforming healthcare and providing maternity leave to prevent loss of employment. Together education, healthcare reform, and maternity leave can decrease abortions and provide stability for growing families.
Based on the Pentagon's 2019 report, climate change is one of the biggest long-term threats to American security. Farmers and ranchers will also face additional challenges as climate change brings stronger storms and unexpected heat. In order to support those who protect and feed us, we must determine the most economic and feasible options for slowing climate change. The solutions chosen should consider rural populations, urban populations, individuals, and businesses to ensure the best outcome for the most people.
The recent Supreme Court decision on McGirt vs. Oklahoma has renewed interest in treaties between the United States of America and several Native American tribes. As focus has returned to these treaties, Congress needs to ensure transparency and include all stakeholders in discussions about any potential changes in response to these decisions. Having insight from everyone involved results in outcomes that are fair and productive.
Recent reports show that several foreign countries including, China, Russia, and Iran, are working to affect elections this year. Elections are one of the central pillars of our country and provide people a voice on how our government works. Even though Oklahoma has very secure elections including paper ballots, these security measures are not followed in many states. We need to require secure elections to reduce foreign influence and fradulent election outcomes.