Northern Kentucky

Amy created a roadmap, Mission: Rebuilding Kentucky, to address the immense economic pain caused by COVID-19. This plan will help rebuild Kentucky stronger than ever, and improve the lives of Kentuckians now and into the future.

As Kentucky’s Senator, Amy would take action to help families and small businesses get through this crisis, ensure every Kentuckian has access to affordable health care, provide good-paying jobs, and mitigate intergenerational poverty. In Northern Kentucky, the plan would help people get health care during this pandemic, build better infrastructure, address the opioid crisis and give young people a fair chance at a better future.

Providing Health Insurance Immediately

In Northern Kentucky, between 2016 and 2017, the number of adults ages 18-64 without health insurance more than doubled, from 11% to 26%. No one should be without health insurance, especially during a pandemic.

Mitch’s Failure

Mitch has tried 19 times to weaken or overturn the Affordable Care Act. He is supporting a lawsuit that would take almost 400,000 Kentuckians off their health insurance, and, right now, during this pandemic, he is holding up a bill that would ensure companies cannot offer plans that refuse people coverage because of pre-existing conditions.

Amy’s Vision

Amy will fight for a subsidized public option for the duration of the pandemic that anyone who loses their job or falls below 200% of the poverty line would be enrolled in. There would be no deductibles for anyone.

Impact

Amy’s public option could bring down the rate of uninsured people in Northern Kentucky immediately and ensure that the many families without work right now, through no fault of their own, can afford health care. During this economic crisis, a public option would also help the 24% of Northern Kentucky adults who recently reported delaying medical care because of the cost to get the help they need.

Addressing the Opioid Crisis

Kenton, Boone and Campbell counties ranked 3rd, 4th and 5th highest, respectively, in annual fentanyl-related deaths in Kentucky in 2018, and in that year lost a combined 142 people to overdoses. This is a crisis for families, friends and individuals in our commonwealth who deserve and need help.

Mitch’s Failure

Mitch stepped aside as Big Pharma companies poured more than 265 million opioid pills into Northern Kentucky, and now, he won’t do anything to hold them accountable and provide struggling Kentuckians with the help they need.

Amy’s Vision

Amy will increase access to community-driven programs that prove to be effective and ensure that treatment is covered on the public option she is fighting for. She will also hold Big Pharma companies accountable for the flood of pills into Kentucky and work to ensure drug courts are used to help those struggling with addiction find the help they need.

Impact

Thirty-six percent of Northern Kentuckians know someone struggling with heroin addiction. Increased treatment offerings, covered by insurance, coupled with fewer opioid pills being given to the public will lower this number and ensure the region can respond to overdoses. There could also be enormous economic benefits: Opioid prescriptions may account for approximately 20% of the decline in men’s workforce participation and 25% for women.

Fixing the Brent Spence Bridge

The Brent Spence Bridge is “functionally obsolete” despite the fact that 3% of the nation’s gross domestic product in freight is carried across the bridge annually. For every day that inaction delays critical work, the price tag increases more than $220,000.

Mitch’s Failure

Mitch’s one idea for how to fix the bridge? Lower the wages of workers on federal projects, an idea so bad it went nowhere in the Senate.

Amy’s Vision

Amy will pass an infrastructure bill that will provide needed federal funding for the revitalization of the bridge.

Impact

Investing in fixing the Brent Spence Bridge alone is estimated to create almost 25,000 jobs in the Kentucky/Ohio area, which will bring almost $2 billion in income to the region and will ensure our infrastructure is sound for decades to come.

Ending Intergenerational Poverty

In parts of Covington, children born into poor families are expected to only make $19,000 a year on average. The opportunity gap is crippling our communities and economy.

Mitch’s Failure

Mitch voted for budget plans that would cut $24.7 million from Head Start in Kentucky alone and eliminate the program for 2,264 children in the state. He also negotiated the automatic budget cuts known as sequester that led to 70,000 children losing access to Head Start programs, including 1,100 children in Kentucky.

Amy’s Vision

Amy will fight to ensure young people have what they need to succeed. Universal pre-K will ensure that every student has the educational foundation they need while closing the $23 billion school funding gap between majority white and non-white schools will help our schools be more equal . Amy’s plan will also provide funding for school infrastructure that will ensure every student in Kentucky attends a school that is properly resourced.

Impact

Roughly 10% of people across Northern Kentucky lack a high school degree, which is essential to building a career in today’s economy. These investments will help decrease that number and provide individuals and communities with better work opportunities.

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