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Joyce Healy-Abrams

Joyce Healy-Abrams' Issue Positions (Political Courage Test)

Full Name: Joyce Healy-Abrams
Gender: Female
Family: Husband: Jeff; 2 Children: Helena, Miranda
Home City: Canton, OH
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Joyce Healy-Abrams refused to tell citizens where she stands on any of the issues addressed in the 2012 Political Courage Test, despite repeated requests from Vote Smart, national media, and prominent political leaders.

What is the Political Courage Test?

Issue Positions

In response to the increasing unwillingness of candidates to answer issue questions, Project Vote Smart has researched Presidential and Congressional candidates' public records to determine candidates' likely responses on certain key issues. These issue positions, from the year 2012, are provided below as a courtesy to voters.

Unknown Position Unknown Answer Abortion: Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Robert Wang. CantonRep.com: Local congressional candidates respond to Akin flap. 23 August 2012. "Sutton and Gibbs' Democratic opponent in the 7th District congressional race, Joyce Healy-Abrams, say they favor women having the freedom to get an abortion." (www.cantonrep.com)
  • National Women's Political Caucus. Project Vote Smart: Interest Group Endorsements. 04/18/2012. National Women's Political Caucus endorsed Joyce Healy-Abrams in the 2012 general election. (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Afghanistan: Do you support United States' combat operations in Afghanistan? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support reducing defense spending? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Budget: In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Restore Fiscal Responsibility: Audit the Tax Code. "Longer term, we need to reform America's tax laws to create a better, simpler tax system for individuals and businesses. Major reforms could close enough loopholes to create the opportunity to lower rates while still generating adequate revenue." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Campaign Platform. 26 June 2012. "Joyce will scour the budget to cut waste and programs that don't work, and she'll end tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations that don't need them. In these tough times, there's absolutely no reason that someone who earns $40,000 a year should be paying a greater percentage of their income in taxes than millionaires and billionaires." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Campaign Platform. 26 June 2012. "Joyce Healy-Abrams will cut taxes on middle-class Ohioans and make sure millionaires don't pay less in taxes than their secretaries do." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Economy: Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Yes Inferred Answer Economy: Do you support providing tax incentives to businesses for the purpose of job creation? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Campaign Platform. 26 June 2012. "Joyce will work to expand access to capital so small businesses can start hiring again and she will support tax credits to encourage growth in high-end manufacturing and new technologies." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Education: Do you support requiring states to implement education reforms in order to be eligible for competitive federal grants? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Issue Position: Creating Educational Opportunities. 1 January 2012. "The first in her family to graduate from college, Joyce supports opportunities for all Ohio children. Joyce knows that a quality education is the first step to a good job and a secure future. A commitment to improving our schools will make our communities stronger. If our children are going to stay in Ohio and raise their own families here, we need to make sure they have what they need to succeed. With more and more people competing for the best jobs, it is essential that Ohio children have access to quality, affordable schools and colleges. In Congress, Joyce will ensure access to higher education for all Ohio students by expanding access to tuition tax credits and by reforming student loans so graduates face less of a financial burden." (votesmart.org)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Energy: Do you support reducing restrictions on offshore energy production? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Environment: Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Guns: Do you support restrictions on the purchase and possession of guns? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Campaign Platform. 26 June 2012. "The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare") didn't do enough to cut costs for Ohio families and small businesses. The small business tax credits in the health care law don't work [¦] The Affordable Care Act was supposed to stop insurance companies from pocketing premiums instead of paying for patient care and, in Congress, Joyce won't rest until this is fixed." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Campaign Platform. 26 June 2012. "Joyce will vote to bar insurance companies from denying coverage to families and children with pre-existing conditions, and she'll ban insurers from kicking you off the coverage you paid for. Joyce will vote to allow your kids to stay on your health plan up to age 26. Congressman Gibbs voted against that. Joyce will vote to make sure insurance companies can't charge women up to 50% more for the same policy they sell to men. Congressman Gibbs voted against that too." (www.healyabramsforcongress.com)
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Immigration: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Marriage: Do you support same-sex marriage? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer National Security: Do you support targeting suspected terrorists outside of official theaters of conflict? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Despite exhaustive research, Project Vote Smart was unable to find information about this candidate's position.
Unknown Position Unknown Answer Social Security: Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts? View Citations

Vote Smart's Research

  • Washington Times: Ohio 2012 Election Center. "Healy-Abrams said owning a small business taught her the importance of responsible budgeting, but she opposes trying to balance the books by privatizing programs such as Social Security." (www.washingtontimes.com)
  • Joyce Healy-Abrams. Issue Position: Protecting Medicare and Social Security. 1 January 2012. "Joyce will never vote to end Medicare the way Congressman Gibbs did. Gibbs voted to turn Medicare into a voucher system that would raise premiums for seniors. Joyce refuses to sit by while Washington politicians like Congressman Bob Gibbs try to slash Social Security and Medicare benefits. The federal government is currently prohibited from negotiating for lower prescription drug prices for Medicare patients. We are wasting millions of our tax dollars, by paying more for the very same medicines that the Veterans Administration gets for less. President Obama and Bob Gibbs both think that giveaways of taxpayer dollars to big drug companies is ok. Joyce thinks they're both wrong. Joyce supports responsible legislation that will lower drug costs, ensure seniors' access to quality doctors and hospitals, and that keeps big insurance and drug companies in line -- without cutting the benefits that seniors have paid into through decades of hard work." (votesmart.org)

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Inferred Answer

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