On healthcare . . .
As a Senator, Barbara will support a public health insurance option while maintaining a private health insurance option. She is fighting to preserve protections for those with pre-existing conditions, protect Medicaid and Medicare from cuts, advocate for commonsense prescription drug policies, rein in surprise medical billing, and strengthen rural hospitals and clinics.
On the Environment . . .
Barbara supports a comprehensive plan to reduce carbon emissions, investing in green energy opportunities to create jobs, making communities more efficient and resilient to climate change, developing a plan to address water shortages, and diversifying crops in Kansas. Barbara pledges to always look at the facts and collaborate with those affected by climate change.
Barbara has spent most of her career as a doctor. In 2010, she was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives, and in 2016 the Kansas State Senate. As a public servant, Barbara has championed issues like access to affordable health care, balanced budgets, and funding public schools. Barbara currently serves on the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion. She is also an active volunteer in her community, particularly with the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Board. She has also tutored public school students, volunteered at Pembroke Hill School, and served as a respite caregiver. She has also taught in the Bioethics Masters Program at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biomedicine.
Plans for Economy
Barbara will advocate for investment in infrastructure that will bring the U.S. economy into the 21st century. She believes in supporting rural communities, which are critical to our economy, by building safe roads and high speed broadband.
Barbara wants to make sure every student can receive a high quality education no matter who they are or where they live. Barbara will work to support teachers through higher pay and better benefits, expand access to early childhood/childcare programs, work to make higher education affordable and accessible to everyone, and expand the availability of trade, technical, and job training programs.