Laura Quick ~ U.S. House, District 9
Laura is a UPS package car driver. She used her degree in Economics/Foreign Language to work with Youth for Understanding, an international exchange organization. During this time, she also participated in weekend student orientations and volunteer workshops, eventually becoming a leader in cross-cultural education. Laura also volunteered with a program in Rock Creek Park that used horseback riding to help “at risk” youth. Laura spent time living in France as an English teacher, and upon her arrival taught French in public schools. She is also a member of the Women’s Leadership Network of the United Way of the Capital Region. She began her political career as an elected member of the Pennsylvania Democratic State Committee and worked as a political organizer for the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. She also co founded Mentors 2 Heroes and organized the group “We’ve Got Issues” to increase civic engagement among local citizens.
On healthcare . . .
“Obamacare was the most ambitious attempt at universal healthcare in US history. Was it perfect? Absolutely not – but it started taking us from an unwieldy and outdated employer-based healthcare system down the path to coverage for all. A market-based healthcare system is wrong because it profits off of our sick, elderly and disabled. Healthcare for all is not only a noble cause but also a sound financial solution to rising healthcare costs. I will work to fix what is wrong with Obamacare and find solutions so all Americans are covered.”
On the environment . . .
Plans for Economy
“Let’s take the popular movements of Occupy Wall Street and Raise the Minimum Wage, combine them with the negotiating and organizing experience of the unions and create a new Progressive Labor Movement. I will work on legislation that is pro-worker and helps American families gain access to a livable wage as well as paid sick/family leave.”
“Any healthy democracy needs to have a strong educated populace. Public education is the great equalizer therefore all American citizens should have access to quality public schools. Too many members of Congress want to farm out the responsibility of American education to private schools who are subject to market and for-profit forces. Educational institutions freed from competing for dollars can better promote rigorous academic curricula. I will work to promote including pre-K in the public schools, establish standards of incorporating media literacy and critical thinking in secondary schools and find solutions for college affordability and the $1.31 trillion student loan debt crisis.”