Healthcare

Anderson County Democrats are fighting for a better future for you and your family, where everyone can get quality healthcare and the medicine they need. 

  • Currently, 1 in 10 people in Anderson County have no health insurance. We stand for Medicaid expansion to make sure our neighbors get the health care they need.

  • Nearly half of the children in Anderson County depend on TennCare for their health insurance. We oppose all efforts to weaken patient protections or cut coverage through the Tennessee Block Grant proposal.

  • We refuse to go back to a time when those with pre-existing conditions were denied health insurance and insurance companies marketed junk policies that left out essential health coverage. We support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and we will fight all efforts to repeal or weaken its protections.

  • Tennessee has one of the highest rates of rural hospital closures in the nation. We support proposals to strengthen rural hospitals. Too often hospitals are asked to pick up the cost of uninsured care. We must leverage Federal dollars to support rural hospitals and to fund the health care jobs they create.

  • Anderson County Democrats know that Medicare coverage allows our elderly friends and family members to live with care and dignity. We oppose cuts to Medicare services.

  • We look forward to a day when those with disabilities can enjoy Anderson County to its fullest. We stand for access to public accommodations for everyone, as mandated under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Environment

The natural beauty of Anderson County is one of our most precious resources. We support the state and local parks, rivers and lakes, and recreational resources in our community which our residents enjoy and which bring visitors to our county and benefit our local economy.

Anderson County residents should have a safe and healthy living environment that is not compromised by dangerous disposal by TVA or DOE of toxic substances that can leach into groundwater or pollute our streams and air. We support all actions by our citizens to oppose these TVA and DOE proposals that threaten the environment.


Jobs

 

Education

Jobs and personal income determine the economic well-being of Anderson County residents.   Current federal policies, including tariffs and the 2017 tax “cut”, have hurt many Anderson County residents.  For example, Anderson County has a strong fabricating metal industry that helps drive our tax base and strong employment.  Their professional organization, Fabricators & Manufacturing Association, International gave a strong stance against tariffs back in 2018 when Trump first imposed them.  They wrote:

“This proposed tariff will disproportionately harm U.S. metal fabricators. Rising steel costs at home, but not in the world market, favors the importing of fabricated metal products from overseas suppliers. A better policy would be to import low cost steel coil and plate and produce the fabricated products here in America. There are many more fabricating jobs here in U.S. than steel mill jobs so it is disappointing to have the President choose to help one industry over another.”

— March 8th, 2018 FMA response to Trump's tariffs. 

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the manufacturing sector in America is in a recession with declining revenues, lost jobs, and lower productivity. This hits Anderson County hard because manufacturing jobs account for about 23% of jobs here.

Republican policies are directly responsible for this.  Democrats believe in free and fair trade. Established economic theory shows that increased jobs come from increased demand. Thus, when workers are better paid in stable employment, they will inevitably consume more.  This creates demand for more services and products.  A virtuous circle is then created of demand-supply-more demand-more supply and higher employment.

This is where the Anderson County Democratic Party stands…free and fair trade, higher wages/personal income, and a more stable economy.


High quality education at all levels is vital to the development of our children and our workforce. Our city and county schools systems must continue to improve the quality of education we provide to our students and improve our graduation rates and math and English proficiency of our graduates.

We do not support vouchers or education savings accounts. These divert our public tax dollars from our public schools to unaccountable, non-public schools. In states that have enacted vouchers, results of student achievement at unaccountable, charter schools have shown that diversion of public funds from public schools have not benefitted these students in comparison to their public school peers. In other words, vouchers do not benefit the students who receive them as claimed by voucher supporters.

We support our post-secondary institutions in our county including our community college and technical training institutions as well as opportunities for apprenticeships for our citizens.