The 2018 election year is shaping up to be one of the most important elections in history. President Trump’s election has energized many women and minority voters to run for seats at all levels of government. As a result, Republicans face stiff competition to hold their narrow majorities in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. To cover the elections, the Heinrich Böll Foundation will be highlighting civil society voices that have become part of the political discussion in 2018.
The first of many voices we bring to you is Dr. Nadia Hashimi, Democratic candidate for Maryland’s 6th district. She is a pediatric physician, three-time internationally best-selling author, and the first Afghan-American woman to run for Congress. She is campaigning as a local voice who is concerned about America’s future.
Alexander Nasserjah interviews Dr. Nadia. Creator: Heinrich Böll Foundation. This image is licensed under Creative Commons License.
“The healthcare system is almost set up for them (patients) to fail. And that’s why I’ve decided to step up and work towards cleaning up that system, making it something that’s sustainable, and that actually gives people the healthcare they need.”
In the interview, Dr. Nadia (the title she goes by on her campaign) discusses many of her policy objectives. Her unique background as a physician has given her an inside look at our healthcare system, a system she feels is failing America's youth. If elected, Dr. Nadia plans to reform the healthcare system to grant easier access to more comprehensive care.
In addition to fixing the healthcare system, Dr. Nadia outlines her positions ranging from the environment to immigration reform. Stream the interview here or read the transcript below for more on Dr. Nadia’s policy positions. Stay tuned to us.boell.org in the coming months for more coverage of civil society voices arising during the 2018 election year.