I have a chronic health condition that had me so far
in debt because of medical bills, that I had to file for
bankruptcy in 2018. This happened because I lost
my affordable individual health insurance plan with
the passage of the Affordable Care Act. I made too
much money to receive a subsidy, but not enough
to afford the premiums as well as the $8,000.00
When government controls an industry, competition
is removed from the marketplace and costs
invariably rise. More competition is better for the
consumer. The goal is better health outcomes
which means cleaning up the bureaucratic mess, so
doctors can be doctors.
There are too many corporations who have influence over
how the government chooses to care
for our sick and vulnerable. We need to remove
big business and corporate money from politics, so
they can’t manipulate our laws and elected officials.
Every hunter, fisherman or sportsman has a vested
interest in ensuring the life and health of our
forests, waterways and wildlife. My sister studied
and teaches environmental science, I don’t have
a choice BUT to care. We reduced, reused and
recycled before it was mandatory in Vermont. We
grew up growing our own food, and our parents
taught us to be good stewards of the Earth.
I am not against climate initiatives - I am against
subsidies which become a wealth transfer from the
lower and middle classes, to the wealthy. People
who can aff ord to install and maintain solar panels
are generally higher income earners. We all want
to do what’s right, but it shouldn’t be at the expense
of our most vulnerable.
With a robust economy, free of high taxes, businesses
will want to relocate here. Their potential
employees won’t be scared off by the high cost of
living, and we can pay for projects that truly reduce
our impact on the environment, rather than shifting
the production and pollution to foreign countries
On March 20 of this year I celebrated 11 years
sober. I have walked miles in the shoes of
people struggling with drugs, alcohol, depression
and thoughts of suicide. I now help other
women recover in the same way I was taught
how - knee to knee, loving them until they can
love themselves. I was taught the courage to
take responsibility for what I did, and the integrity
to make amends. It was how I earned my
This is why I am a huge fan of restorative justice
– that is victim focused. Many of the people
who end up on the street have been victims in
some way. For me it was being assaulted in my
mid-twenties. We want to be merciful to the
people suff ering from an illness, but not at the
expense of justice for the victim. Otherwise we
just create a whole community of traumatized
Fifteen years ago, during my active addiction I
committed a crime. All these years later I am still
discriminated against in employment and housing.
This is why I stress the importance of supporting
small businesses and entrepreneurship. I was
better able to live my life when I no longer had to
ask permission to have a job.
My husband and I agree that one of the best
ways to deal with discrimination is to create your
own opportunities. It’s why we volunteer our time
working with at risk youth, helping them discover
their passions and work toward their goals.
Benjamin started his film production company
because “I didn’t see people who looked like me
in the movies I like to watch”. For years, the only
gigs his agent called him for were “Drug Dealer #1”
or “Thug #2”. Instead of waiting for there to be a
dark-skinned black man to stunt double for, he
writes, acts and shoots his own movies.
One who is Rigorously Honest and will tell you the
truth, even when it’s inconvenient? If you want for a Senator who has faced the struggles we
are facing in our Brave Little State, and came out the other side stronger and more courageous…
Visit my campaign website at www.erickaforsenate.com.
Learn more about our shared values, find links to interviews and videos of me talking about these
topics, and a detailed economic plan that addresses the challenges I’ve outlined above.