Elissa Slotkin ~ U.S. House, District 8
Elissa has a long career in national service. She was recruited by the CIA as a Middle East Analyst, and worked alongside the U.S. military during three tours in Iraq as a militia expert. Elissa also held various defense and intelligence positions under President G.W. Bush and President Obama, and worked at a senior level in the Pentagon. In addition, she served as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. Her priorities include universal access to affordable healthcare, protecting access to clean water and Michigan’s Great Lakes, and returning decency to American politics.
On healthcare . . .
In her first term as a Congresswoman, Elissa has been a leader in lowering the cost of prescription drugs. To tackle the problem of price transparency, she introduced the Real Time Benefits Act, which passed the House with unanimous, bipartisan support in October 2019. This bill creates a “real time benefits” tool which could be used by doctors and Medicare patients to access information about the cost of a prescription, compare cheaper generic alternatives, and find the pharmacy with the best price. This would allow patients to know the real cost of their prescription drugs, before they leave the doctor’s office.
To allow the government to negotiate drug prices and effectively lower the cost of prescription drugs for all Americans, Elissa co-sponsored the Lower Drug Cost Now Act, which passed the House in December 2019 with bipartisan support. This comprehensive drug pricing reform bill would allow the government to directly negotiate with pharmaceutical companies to lower the costs of prescription drugs. Right now, the Veteran’s Administration health care system is able to do just that for the nearly 10 million patients that access healthcare through the VA. Government negotiation of drug prices would effectively make prescription drugs more affordable for all.
On the environment . . .
“A threat to our environment is a threat to our security and a threat to our way of life. I do not believe that a strong economy and a clean environment are mutually exclusive. In fact, in Michigan, they are intrinsically linked. After all, if you can’t sustain your business because our lakes and rivers have become polluted, that’s a threat to your economic security. If you and your family don’t have access to clean drinking water, that’s a threat to your family’s health and well being. And if polluters continue to write the rules, that’s a threat to the future of our state — and the environment we will pass down to our kids.”
Plans for the economy
Elissa believes growing economic opportunity begins by investing in talent and innovation in our communities. We must prepare the next generation for jobs in the trades, advanced manufacturing, technical, and cyber jobs. She also believes investing in our infrastructure will attract investment to Michigan, improving the competitiveness of her state.
“My priority is fighting for common-sense measures that support funding for science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education, improving access to the skills training necessary to secure the well-paid jobs here in Michigan, and making higher education affordable for everyone who chooses to pursue it.”