Tom Steyer is a billionaire former hedge fund manager and a partner at a private equity firm. He also founded the nonprofit NextGen America.
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Believes everyone has the right to a living wage, but has not said whether or not he supports a $15 federal minimum wage.
Supports universal health coverage through preserving private insurance and adding a public option.
Supports the Green New Deal because it helps “move the ball forward.”
Founded NextGen America, a nonprofit group dedicated to stopping climate change, fighting for cleaner air and water, and supporting clean energy.
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Prior to officially launching his presidential campaign, Tom Steyer visited early primary and caucus states promoting his “5 Rights” campaign, a platform based on equal voting rights, the right to clean air and water, free public education, a living wage, and universal health care. Despite his support for a living wage, Steyer has yet to say whether he supports raising the wage to $15 per hour.
In an interview with WBUR, Steyer says, “I am in favor of health care as a right for every American. I'm in favor of a public option. I'm not in favor of saying to 150 million Americans who get their health care through their employer, 'That's now illegal. You will have to do it our way.'”
Steyer noted that 150 million Americans currently have “employment-based” plans, adding, “They should be allowed to make that choice. We should not make it illegal for them to have that healthcare.”
While announcing his campaign, Steyer touted his proposal for universal healthcare, which would preserve private health insurance while offering public options.
In an interview with The Hill TV, Tom Steyer noted the important role the Green New Deal was playing in pushing the U.S. toward better policies to address climate change.
Standing up for DREAMers, Steyer Criticizes Congress for Reopening the Government without Deal on DACA
Steyer announced that he wouldn’t give money to the Democratic party in 2018 after they agreed to reopen the government without a deal to extend DACA the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which allows undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children to remain in the United States.