The Cradle to Grave Platform
What do we mean by, “From the Cradle to the Grave?”
Better Health Outcomes for Women
Women in the United States are dying at rates higher than any other industrialized country in the world. Women need advocates that can help them during one of the most beautiful, stressful and dangerous times of their lives – giving birth. Requiring insurance companies to include the services of Doulas and midwives will improve health outcomes for women, before, during and postpartum.
Grants to community-based pregnancy support organizations who provide these services will also save the lives of many women in Utah.
A Living Wage, not Minimum Wage
We must build an economy where people do more than just survive, they thrive. Trickle-down economics is a myth that has contributed to income inequality, produced the gender pay gap, and created the working poor.
Invest in Adult Education
An investment in education is an investment in our future. Our children are our future. When they succeed, the country succeeds. Students from families with the lowest income are more likely to drop out than students from middle and higher income families. To break the chain of intergenerational poverty, we must fund adult education with as much importance as we fund primary and secondary education.
There are many services for children with disabilities, but few for adults with disabilities after the age of 22. Increased funding for services for adults with disabilities will improve the standard of living for this vulnerable community.
Protect Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
Social Security was formed to address the permanent problem of economic security for the elderly in 1935 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. It’s a work-related, contributory system in which workers secure the own economic future through taxes paid while employed. Despite this fact, many Republicans consider Social Security ‘welfare’ program.
The economic conditions that forced elderly Americans out of their homes and into cardboard cities must not be allowed to happen again. We must protects Social Security and made any necessary reforms to guarantee its solvency for future generations.
Medicare and Medicaid are promises we’ve made as a civilized society to support our most vulnerable neighbors.