Minnesota is home to some of the best health care institutions in the nation, and overall we rank very high among states in health indices. However, not all Minnesotans have access to quality, affordable care. Minnesota has some of the largest health disparities in the nation. There are disproportionately high numbers of people of color, American Indian people and low income Minnesotans affected by diseases that are preventable. Working class families don't have the health care they need to be able to live with dignity. Healthy communities are productive communities. My goal is to make health care more available to all Minnesotans: including low-income families, those who are self-employed, and those who cannot afford the health care offered through their employers. I'll support strategies aimed to eliminate health disparities, fund initiatives to promote safe and healthy communities, and universal health care coverage for all children, such as in the Minnesota Children's Health Security Act, which I have worked on since 1996.