Sarah Jacobs ~ U.S. House, District 53

Jacobs founded San Diego for Every Child: The Coalition to End Child Poverty in 2018, serving as the organization's chairwoman. She also worked in policy positions at the U.S. State Department, UNICEF, and the United Nations. Jacobs was a policy advisor to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election. She received a bachelor's degree and a master's in international affairs from Columbia University.

On healthcare . . .

"Health care is a fundamental human right and we need to do everything we can to get to universal coverage. It’s an embarrassment that here in the United States we still don’t guarantee health care to all our people. Having travelled to many other countries, I’ve seen first-hand how universal coverage is an achievable goal, especially for the wealthiest country in the world. Many examples across the world show that a strong public role in health care can provide affordable, universal coverage. As such, I am proud to support Medicare for All."

On the environment . . .

"Climate change is one of the biggest threats faced by humanity, and we need to do far more to stop it. That’s why I support a Green New Deal. We need to transition to an entirely clean energy economy by 2030, starting with the most polluting sources of energy first. We need to make dramatic investments in clean energy – and in doing so, make sure clean energy jobs pay well and are good union jobs. And we must repair and upgrade our existing energy infrastructure to reduce pollution, save families money, and remain competitive in a 21st-century global economy."

Plans for Economy

On her campaign website, Sarah writes, "make no mistake, the inequalities in our current economic system didn’t happen by accident. They are the result of a concerted, long-term effort by powerful special interests – and the Members of Congress they bankroll – to write the rules in a way that benefit themselves." To address this, we must: 1.) roll back the Republican tax bill; we need a tax system that values labor and work and 2.)
we need to do more to empower workers and grow wages and benefits.

Education Policy

"In Congress, I’ll do everything I can to ensure students have a safe place to learn and educators have the training and resources they need to prepare students for the future. We need to adequately fund schools, and make sure we are doing it in a way that doesn’t exacerbate inequality." "I also believe that all students should have the option to attend college debt-free. When my father attended UCSD in the late 1970s, it cost around $300 a quarter. Recently, tuition at California’s state universities has increased roughly 60%." She supports the College Affordability Act.

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