Throughout his legal career, Chris has seen hundreds of clients come through his office to file bankruptcy, largely because of the onerous burden outstanding medical bills have caused for workers and families. Even after passage of the Affordable Care Act, 28 million Americans still find themselves without health coverage, and millions more have policies with premiums and deductibles that eat up any chance of saving for retirement, or even maintaining a dignified standard of living. The current Congress has attempted to make the situation even worse, stripping coverage from millions of low-income, elderly, and disabled persons by severely gutting Medicaid, and skyrocketing premiums for older Americans who do not yet qualify for Medicare. In the wealthiest nation in world history, Chris believes there is not just an economic incentive, but a moral one, to ensure that all Americans have health care once and for all.
Providing a Living Wage
For nearly forty years, America’s middle class has shrunken to levels not seen since before the Great Depression. From the end of World War II until the early 1980’s, our nation created the most robust and productive middle class the world had ever seen. The reason is because we believed in the American worker, providing for adequate wages, social mobility, and the right to organize and collectively bargain. In working with indigent families, Chris has seen that working a full time job no longer guarantees providing for one’s self or a family. It now means that a worker may still find themselves in poverty. The “Fight for 15” movement in recent years has shed a national spotlight on a four-decades old problem. Providing a living wage to America’s working class will strengthen economic growth, keep millions out of poverty, and encourage upward social mobility, one of the key facets of the American dream.
Getting Money Out of Politics
The Citizens United Supreme Court decision did not create a problem for our democracy. It amplified one. Many Americans believe that their voices are not the ones that matter anymore in Washington. It is the voices of private money interest of lobbyists, mega-donors, and super-PACS, which guide the decision-making of lawmakers, rather than the needs of constituents doing it. Moreover, the constant need of elected officials to raise money, for hours upon hours daily, takes valuable time away from serving the needs of the American people, turning public servants into telemarketers. Chris believes that overturning the Citizens United decision, while crucially important, is not enough. He believes there must be a constitutional amendment providing for the public financing of all elections, completely taking away the stranglehold of private moneyed interests, and finally returning to the people their voice.