Dr. Cameron Webb, a 36-year-old from Charlottesville who is running as the Democratic Party nominee for Virginia's Fifth District seat in the US House of Representatives, says healthcare reform is about more than hospitals.
"I'm passionate about serving people and keeping people healthy," Webb said in a phone interview. "I also recognize that health doesn't just happen in hospitals and clinics, but also in our communities."
Webb says his healthcare platform addresses the issue of affordable healthcare, while also addressing other community needs such as food access, education and transportation.
He supports a public health insurance option for Americans which would provide healthcare at a rate that doesn't exceed a percentage of a person's income, as Webb says that even with health insurance, many Americans are burdened by high healthcare costs.
"Everybody should have access to the primary and preventative care that they need to get and stay healthy," Webb said. "Even folks who have coverage right now don't have true access because it's not affordable."
Webb said that his healthcare platform would address what he said were 30 million uninsured Americans, a number which is referenced by CoomonwealthFund.org. However, according to 2018 census data, there were 2 million Americans reported as uninsured.
Webb believes there is an "imminent threat" to healthcare access in America as Republicans move to repeal the Affordable Healthcare Act, which his Republican opponent, Bob Good, agrees with.
On the issue of police violence, which Webb says disproportionately affects certain communities, Webb is a supporter of localities deciding to place more funding into community housing projects, infrastructure or education over police departments.
"Our communities want to make sure that police aren't expected to be the answer to everything, and in so doing, they're not in the space to perpetrate a lot of these wrongs," Webb said, referring to the past and recent instances of African Americans being killed at the hands of police.
Webb said he has met with the chief of police in Danville, Scott Booth, to discuss community policing, a method which Booth brought to the Danville Police Department since taking the position in 2018, and that there's a huge opportunity to "re-envision what community safety looks like."
Webb is also a supporter of the decriminalization and regulation of marijuana, which would also provide a boost to the hemp industry, which many farmers in Pittsylvania County have considered in the wake of low market prices for tobacco.
While speaking on how to best handle the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, Webb criticized President Trump's leadership, saying he "really dropped the ball."
Webb believes that as states have been left to handle their own coronavirus response, it has shown a lack of federal leadership.
"I think we should have a national testing strategy to make sure that everywhere we're able to identify, isolate and contact trace," Webb said. "The virus doesn't respect state borders."
Webb also professed his support for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, saying he believes Biden knows how to "build bridges" between both sides.
Webb is a native of Spotsylvania County, and says he's a "Christian and proud of it."
While Webb is a Democrat, he rejects labels that lead to people dismissing other's opinions, and wouldn't call himself a "progressive."
"I always reject these boxes that people try to put you in, because it eliminates people's need to listen to how you sound on different issues. I would say I'm progressive on some issues and more moderate on others."
Contrasting himself with his opponent, Good, Webb says his plan for winning the Fifth District is to show respect for other people's viewpoints.
"My plan is to show a lot of respect and really value the voices of people, no matter where they are in the political spectrum," Webb said. "That doesn't mean we'll agree on everything, but what we can agree on is that I should listen to them."
Webb will be facing Good in the Congressional race this November.