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United States

U.S. House of RepresentativesCandidate for District 46

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Will Johnson

Caregiver/Driver
2,380 votes (2.3%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Medicare4all
  • Tuition Free Public College
  • The Green New Deal

Experience

Education

American Career College Associate of Science Degree (A.S.), Surgical Technology (2011)

Biography

I grew up in a working class neighborhood on the west side of Anaheim and while my mom, a single mother, drove a bus for the county almost 12 hours a day, my grandparents helped raise me until my teenage years. Unfortunately in the last few years, my grandmother’s condition has been deteriorating so much that she can’t walk, cook for herself, clean herself or get in or out of bed without a manual lift. The care that she needs isn’t very intensive, but it means I always have to be there to get her up, change her, get her from bed to a wheelchair and repeat it all over at night…just in reverse. To save money, we have decided to do virtually all of the care ourselves. I know the struggle of people in my position and of the people they care for, having to survive on less and less resources.

Questions & Answers

Questions from League of Women Voters of California (3)

What financing method(s) would you support to repair or improve roads, rails, ports, airports, the electrical grid, and other infrastructure in the U.S.?
Answer from Will Johnson:

I believe that it is a top priority for this country to do two things: 1) Repair or replace the worst affected roads, bridges, tunnels, airports, drinking water systems, sewer systems and storm drain systems. 2) Plan and implement the next level of infrastructure projects like a state of the art electrical grid that is almost impervious to a cyber attack, constructing a rural broadband network across the neglected parts of the country, and building a national high speed rail network for passengers and freight trains. This can all be paid for with a combination of taxes on the top 1%/large corporations and deficit spending. The deficit spending will be payed off over time because it will generate millions of jobs nationwide. The effect of having millions of well paid workers throughout the country, spending their money in local establishments, will lead to the economic explosion that we have been waiting for. Those businesses will hire people because of the increase in customers, those people will spend money on some of the same things everyone else does and before you know it…new small businesses are created to fill the niches in those communities.

What programs or legislation, if any, would you support to help Americans of all ages to secure affordable health care?
Answer from Will Johnson:

There was a time when the people of this country could be fooled into thinking that all of the various single payer systems around the developed world were all horrible, but the internet has made available countless studies, statistics and examples that prove the better outcomes and lower costs of those systems. We need Medicare4All because it would save us $17 trillion over ten years. Most sources put the cost of the healthcare system we have now at $49 trillion over the next ten years, and the highest estimate that Medicare4all will cost is $32 trillion over that same time period. That kind of cost savings is astronomical and with rigorous negotiations over things like drug prices, disposable medical supplies and standardizing the cost every procedure, the cost will only continue to drop even further over time. The best reasoning for implementing Medicare4All is that it will cover not only medical issues, but it will also cover dental, vision, mental health, home health care, glasses, hearing aids, will cover pre-existing conditions and will cap drug costs at $200 a year. Premiums, deductibles and copays will also be a thing of the past. There are virtually no private insurance plans that can cover all of those things without costing thousands of dollars a month in premiums, not to mention deductibles, copays and ever rising drug costs.

Describe an immigration policy that you would support if presented to the House of Representatives.
Answer from Will Johnson:

I believe immigration has always been a positive and progressive thing for this country. Virtually every American today has immigrant ancestry and many extraordinary Americans throughout our history came directly from another part of the world. I will fight for immigration reform that not only covers Dreamers, but that will drastically reduce the time it takes to become a citizen to three years and no more than five years. I will also encourage legal migration from EVERY part of the world. I have ancestors from throughout Europe, as well as from Mexico, some of native origin, and my background is not alone in this district or even this country. We do not need to fear people from outside of our country and, in fact, we have a far better chance of that person being our lifelong friend than our enemy. Entrepreneurial spirit is very high in many immigrant communities and this country always benefits from their ingenuity. I will also fight for members of a legal citizens’ family to continue to emigrate here as well.

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Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

I have a strong belief that the working people of this country have gotten screwed by multinational corporations and the ultra rich. Their corrupting influence through legalized bribery has made it that most of the voters don't get the things they need from government and I am running for Congress to reverse this trend. I am running on issues like medicare4all, free public college, the green new deal, getting money out of politics, $15 minimum wage, ending all the wars, infrastructure spending, cannabis legalization, immigration reform, net neutrality, etc. These policies will ensure that working people have the ability to live a good life and not have to work themselves to death at two/three jobs just to barely make ends meet. The working people are the ones who need representation in Washington and I will be their unbought and uncorrupted champion in the House of Representatives.

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