The document takes a broad view of the direction the party wants to take the country. It is fundamentally a political document and therefore short on some of the policy specifics, but there’s plenty of meat in there for party faithfuls and independents alike.
1. Health care: Among the highlights include a renewed commitment to the health care fight and defending Medicare.
We will continue to stand up to Republicans working to take away the benefits and protections that are already helping millions of Americans every day. We refuse to go back to the days when health insurance companies had unchecked power to cancel your health policy, deny you coverage, or charge women more than men.
At the same time, the Affordable Care Act is not the end of efforts to improve health care for all Americans. Democrats will continue to fight for a strong health care workforce with an emphasis on primary care.
The Republican budget plan would end Medicare as we know it. Democrats adamantly oppose any efforts to privatize or voucherize Medicare…
2. Abortion: Democrats come out strongly in support of abortion access, regardless of income, though they stop short of calling for a repeal of the Hyde Amendment.
Democrats will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers.
We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way.
3. Gay Marriage: The party goes all in, for the first time ever offering formal support for same-sex marriage rights.
We support marriage equality and support the movement to secure equal treatment under law for same-sex couples. We also support the freedom of churches and religious entities to decide how to administer marriage as a religious sacrament without government interference.
4. Labor Rights: The Democratic platform offers good lipservice to the role of labor in our economy and culture, but on this point the platform falls flat on specifics on how the party plans to defend the right to collectively bargain and organize.
Democrats believe that the right to organize and collectively bargain is a fundamental American value.
5. Immigration: And finally, the party reaffirms its commitment to comprehensive, compassionate immigration reform beyond the DREAM Act.
Democrats know there is broad consensus to repair that system and strengthen our economy, and that the country urgently needs comprehensive immigration reform that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and requires them to get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship.
There’s plenty more that voters will hear about in the final weeks of the campaign season. But if Republicans came out strongly in support of the individual liberty interests of the corporate sector, Democrats came out strongly in support of the American people, and that’s a difference Democrats would do well to highlight again and again until November.
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