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Donna McAleer
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1. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court and currently has more nationwide enrollees than anticipated. Its current financial subsidies for enrollees differ from state to state. Do you believe the ACA should be changed in order to provide equal enrollment benefits to all U.S. residents? Please explain.

I believe that we must fix the ACA. Our personal health care is not a free market based system, when you are sick you have to care for yourself. There is no "market value" on our lives. Therefore I believe every American deserves access to affordable health care regardless of pre­existing conditions. It's important that today's youth can stay on their parents programs until they start their careers and it's important that all Americans, regardless of which state they live in have access to quality care.

For more information visit dmcaleer.com/healthcare.

2. A 2013 Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report estimates that fixing our broken immigration system will shrink the deficit by $900 billion in 20 years and grow the economy. What steps would you take toward comprehensive immigration reform?

The subject of immigration reform over the past several years has produced much rhetoric ­­and a shocking symbol of our failure as a nation founded by immigrants to rationally address the issue and modernize our system: the border walls along the U.S./Mexican border. There is an equally important practical reason for immigration reform: our economic health. More than ever, in today's integrated global economy a nation's best and strongest asset is its people.

Our immigration system is broke and inaction by Congress is unacceptable. We need to secure our borders and deal with the estimated 12 million illegal immigrants that are already here. We cannot simply apply band­-aids to our system. The American people deserve a bi­partisan, comprehensive plan. I will work with Congress to pass real immigration reform that will get our country back on track.

The Utah Compact, signed in November 2010, established Utah as a immigration leader and should serve as a national model. Most undocumented workers are hard workers who contribute to our economy. They are here for the most noble of reasons: to seek a better quality of life for their families. Their path to residence and citizenship should be simple, straightforward and direct.

Utah recognizes that immigration reforms would consider the impacts on law enforcement, the economy, education and families. Strong families are the bedrock of communities. No policy should unnecessarily separate families.

For more information, please read "Cost of Doing Nothing on Immigration Reform", my op­ed in the Salt Lake Tribune, March 2, 2014 and read my full position on immigration.

3. Nationally, women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts. In Utah that figure is even lower at 70 cents on the dollar. How do you plan to address this issue in Washington?

Income inequality is a problem that is long overdue for a solution. It starts with education. We must encourage our daughters to engage more in the science and technology sectors so they can compete in the growing global economy. We must also make sure that once a woman is in a job she is guaranteed equal pay for equal work. We are a nation that believes in equality for all its citizens. This issue is no different.

Real world wage equity is created by transforming institutions, assumptions & the implementation of policy. Utah ranks #1 (Provo­Orem) and #2 (Ogden­Clearfield) on the list of top ten worst cities for pay equity for women.

When a woman makes less, her family has less of everything (food, clothing, educational opportunities, health care). It takes her longer to pay off her student loans, and she earns less toward her Social Security and retirement. Her livelihood, directly impacts the future economic health her family and our state.

The typical full-­time Utah working woman earns $34,062 a year, compared to $48,540 for a male - a gap of $14,478 annually. The Utah gap is 44 percent higher than the national gap of $10,061, and the fourth largest gap in the nation. With nearly 85,500 Utah households led by women, the economic impact is seismic.

Read "Utah can't explain away it's gender pay gap" my op­ed in the Salt Lake Tribune on 1 February 2014.

4. With the recent rulings from the Supreme Court, many Americans believe Democracy is now for sale. How do you plan to address money in politics nationally?

Campaign finance reform is the common term for the political effort in the United States to change the involvement of money in politics, primarily in political campaigns. I support the public financing of campaigns with ceilings determined by office level. If all candidate challengers and incumbents had the same amount of funds, perhaps the effective management of those funds would serve as a proxy for fiscal responsibility and management. It would also serve to reduce the length of the election season. For more information read dmcaleer.com/congressional_­reform

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