Ensure the Health and Safety of All Americans

Monroe Democrats believe in:

Securing Universal Health Care

  • Securing universal health care is a core value of the Democratic Party.
  • We believe that health care is a human right.
  • We will work to promote and secure increased access to health care for the poor, underserved, and those living in rural communities.

Supporting Community Health Centers

  • Increasing access to health care for underserved communities is a core value of the Democratic Party.
  • In Monroe County, we are committed to providing a comprehensive health care system which includes community health centers.
  • We support access to preventative care and wellness initiatives. We will support telemedicine initiatives and hotlines.

Reducing Prescription Drug Costs

  • We will work to ensure a reduction in the cost of prescription drugs.
  • We support transparency in the pricing of prescription drugs.
  • We support programs that provide prescription drugs at a lower cost.

Enabling Cutting-Edge Medical Research

  • Enabling cutting-edge medical research is critical to making progress in the fight against diseases, especially chronic diseases.
  • In Monroe County, we support efforts to invest in those who choose to pursue careers in medical research.
  • We support providing housing and tax incentives immediately after college for individuals who choose to pursue careers in those fields.

Combating Drug and Alcohol Addiction

  • Drug and alcohol addiction is an epidemic affecting all communities, and we are committed to assisting those struggling with the disease.
  • We support research and programs to combat drug and alcohol addiction.
  • We support efforts to have addiction treated as a mental illness.
  • We support community mentor programs which work to reduce the likelihood that an individual will become addicted to drugs and/or alcohol.
  • We are committed to rehabilitation efforts over incarceration.
  • We will work to decriminalize minor drug offenses.
  • We support the decriminalization of marijuana.

Treating Mental Health

  • We are committed to ensuring that everyone in our community has access to mental health treatment.
  • We support the expansion of community-based treatment for substance abuse and mental health disorders.
  • We support the move toward the HHS (pre-Trump HHS) promoted –
    Zero Suicide commitment by providing, supporting, and publicizing
    suicide hotlines locally.

Supporting Those Living with Autism and their Families

  • The Democratic Party is committed to supporting individuals with autism and their families.
  • We support early screening for autism which is available to all children, especially those from underserved communities.
  • We support programs that provide services to those living with autism.
  • We support the expansion of services for those living with autism and their families, including expansion of residential facilities.

Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice

  • The Democratic Party is committed to securing reproductive health, rights, and justice for all persons, which includes supporting essential health benefits enumerated within the ACA.
  • In Monroe County, we will promote and support programs that benefit Planned Parenthood.
  • We are committed to reducing the barriers that inhibit access to birth control.

Ensuring Long-Term Care, Services, and Supports

  • We will ensure the provision of long-term care, services, and supports for seniors and people with disabilities.
  •  We support programs that work with seniors and people with disabilities to remain in their homes rather than face institutionalization.
  • We support organizations that provide services to seniors and people with disabilities.

Protecting and Promoting Public Health

  • We protect and promote public health.
  • We work to promote vaccinations as a public health responsibility.

Ending Violence Against Women

  • Ending violence against women is a priority of the Democratic Party of Monroe County, and we are committed to supporting all efforts to combat the problem in our community.
  • We support education and programs that provide police with the necessary training and tools to address the problem of domestic violence.
  • We will increase and provide support to community programs that are effectively working to end violence against women.
  • We support ensuring comprehensive support is available and accessible to survivors of sexual and physical abuse.
  • We will work to provide educational programs in local schools and universities.

Preventing Gun Violence

  • We are committed to keeping our communities safe, and we support legislation and programs that aim to prevent gun violence.
  • We support and advocate for programs that encourage people to surrender guns.
  • We support initiatives that foster positive relationships between the police and communities.
  • We support mentoring programs which work to reduce the likelihood that an individual will become involved in gun violence.
  • We support educational awareness of gun fatality/ownership statistics.
  • We support anti-gun violence legislation as a matter of public health.
  • We support proposals that require gun owners to purchase gun liability insurance.
  • We support gun safety initiatives.