Malik vs. Schweikert - On the Issues
The Arizona Republic said, "this is the year and Malik is the candidate whose message and issues are best modulated to the district's needs." As a community, District 6 is ready for change. Here's how Anita Malik will lead and where she stands compared to Freedom Caucus incumbent David Schweikert.
Money - Schweikert received more than $111,500 from insurance PACs in the past year. These include Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield and Express Scripts.
Position - Schweikert has repeatedly voted against the affordable care act and pre-existing conditions coverage.
He voted yes on H.R. 1628 American Health Care Act of 2017
Which means he voted to:
- Allow insurers to charge older adults more.
- Weaken pre-existing condition coverage by allowing state's to waive the requirement that prohibits insurers from charging higher premiums based on person’s health status.
- Cut Medicaid by $880 billion.
- Allow states to opt-out of providing a minimum set of health benefits such as maternity care and emergency services.
Money - Does not accept money from insurance or health care or big pharma PACs. $0
Position - She offers solutions for building out the ACA to cover more people and reduce costs immediately, while creating a path toward a universal system. Read her "Keeping Families Healthy" plan.
- Automatically qualify for Medicare to age 55.
- Offer Medicare as a buy-in for uninsured and underinsured people. Buy-in rates are based on income.
- Strengthen protections for pre-existing conditions.
- Expand coverage around mental/behavioral health.
- Create a nationwide Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances to thwart overprescription.
- Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices and medical devices.
Schweikert is under an ethics investigation for campaign finance violations and misspending of official funds.
To cover the rising legal fees, Schweikert is using campaign funds.
"Rep. David Schweikert of Arizona spent a whopping $184,655.05 from July through September on legal fees — more than any other House candidate last quarter — a review of the FEC’s disbursement database yielded." - Roll Call, Oct 17
Schweikert also voted NO on an amendment that would offer additional funding toward election security.
Malik does not accept money from corporate PACs.
- Overturning Citizens United and eliminating super PACs.
- Publicly funded elections.
- Protecting and expanding voter rights and improving accessibility.
- Automatic voter registration
- Blockchain-like decentralized technologies to improve election security paired with paper ballots for audit purposes.
Money - Schweikert has accepted donations (this year) from Exxon Mobil, Pinnacle West and other industry PACs.
Money - Malik does not accept corporate PAC money. $0
- Defend marginalized communities who too often bear the brunt of environmental degradation.
- Expand the use of and increase investments in renewable energy.
- Place a tax on carbon emissions
Malik is endorsed by Sierra Club and The League of Conservation Voters.
Money - Takes money from telecom PACs -- more $50,000 in campaign donations from big Internet Service Providers including AT&T, Cox Communications and Verizon Wireless.
- Voted to overturn FCC privacy protections.
- Has remained silent on Net Neutrality.