Darlene McDonald, Utah 4th Congressional District candidate | Opinion

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“From the cradle to the grave.”  This is the message of Darlene McDonald, who is running to represent Utah’s 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C. You’ll notice these words on her website, her campaign literature and when she speaks. McDonald is running to improve the well-being of all people — at every stage of life.

Health care is one of her core issues, and maternity health is front and center. A young mother and wife, McDonald’s life took an unexpected turn when she gave birth to twin boys, born 11 weeks premature. McDonald often speaks of this experience, which taught her the value of quality health care and support. 

She is an advocate for family planning. Supporting women at every stage from pre-pregnancy to postpartum is the only way to improve maternal health in America. The U.S. has the highest maternal mortality rate among developed countries and pregnancy-related deaths in Utah have been steadily rising.

Another one of her core issues is public education. McDonald believes access to quality public education is essential. She sees how our education system falls short for adult learners and especially adults with disabilities when they turn 22 years old. Funding adult education is the only way to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. 

McDonald believes we must support our veterans with actions, not just words. The current congressman, Rep. Burgess Owens, turned his back on our veterans when he voted against the PACT Act that would expand health care benefits for those exposed to burn pits and other toxic substances. 

Owens also turned his back on our retirees by voting against the Inflation Reduction Act.

More than 180,000 adult Utahns have diabetes. The Inflation Reduction Act not only caps the cost of insulin for those on Medicare at $35, it also ensures they will pay no more than $2,000 annually for prescriptions.

This is life changing for many struggling senior citizens.

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