Kara Eastman ~ U.S. House, District 2
Kara has a long career as a leader for nonprofit organizations. She founded the Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, which has raised more than $13 million to support green, safe, and healthy housing for Omaha families. Kara has partnered with the city of Omaha, the Kresge Foundation, and Children’s hospital to improve local communities while reducing government costs. She is also on the board of the Nonprofit Association of the Midlands and the Mayor of Omaha’s Fair Housing Advisory Board, has been the director of a domestic violence shelter and a homeless shelter, and helped start Extra Hands for ALS. Kara was also elected Vice President of the Board of Governors of Metropolitan Community College.
On healthcare . . .
"I believe that healthcare is a human right and that no one in the United States should have to choose between seeking medical care and putting food on the table. Ninety-two percent of Americans favor lower prescription drug prices and over 70% favor importing medicine from Canada. The federal government is slated to spend over $34 trillion on healthcare over the next decade. Transforming our healthcare system would save the government over $2 trillion over that same period. It would increase efficiencies, reduce overhead costs, allow individuals to choose their provider instead of having to stay in the network, eliminate premiums and deductibles, and free employers from having to administer healthcare plans.”
On the environment . . .
“I support economic opportunities that combat climate change as a way to create great jobs locally and invest in energy efficient housing . . . In my work as President and CEO of Omaha Healthy Kids Alliance, I've raised over $13 million to address lead poisoning and environmental hazards by making homes safe and healthy for kids and families in our community.” (Second half of this quote is taken from Ballotpedia)
Plans for Economy
“We have a $2 trillion investment gap in infrastructure, and we must restore our global competitive advantage through public-private partnerships and large investments in infrastructure to provide well-paying jobs across our country . . . We must expand lending opportunities from credit unions and lower interest rates to small businesses, especially those in blighted communities, which in turn create jobs. We must ensure that all our citizens can achieve the American dream.”
“We must continue to foster trades programs within our community college system.” “We need to ensure that all Americans . . . are not drowning in student loans”