Where presidential candidates stand on paid family leave, childcare and health care

To prep for Super Tuesday, let's dive into where the candidates stand on issues that are key to mothers and parents. 👇

Where presidential candidates stand on paid family leave, childcare and health care

[Editor's note: Motherly is committed to covering all relevant presidential candidate plans as we approach the 2020 election. We are making efforts to get information from all candidates. Motherly does not endorse any political party or candidate. We stand with and for mothers and advocate for solutions that will reduce maternal stress and benefit women, families and the country.]

In the last several weeks, we've watched the field of Democrats hoping to run against President Trump in 2020 move through Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina. And now, we've nearly arrived at Super Tuesday.

Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Mile Bloomberg remain in the running, along with Tulsi Gabbard, who is trailing.

This week, 1,357 delegates in Arkansas, Maine, California, Massachusetts, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Alabama, Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma, North Carolina, Virginia and Tennessee will pick their nominee. Now 1,357 delegates might not seem like a lot but the Super Tuesday crew represents slightly more than a third of the 3,979 total delegates up for grabs.

Basically, Super Tuesday is a big deal and what happens this week could change the course of the nomination contest.

Here's what parents should know heading into Super Tuesday, mama:

What to know about the candidates who remain

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After Motherly's second annual State of Motherhood survey (the largest, most statistically-accurate and comprehensive study of U.S. Millennial mothers) revealed that 85% of moms feel society doesn't understand or support mothers, we reached out to all presidential candidates with a series of questions on behalf of America's mothers

We are demanding change in 2020, standing with organizations and advocacy groups fighting to get American mothers the support they need and deserve and declaring this the #yearofthemother.

That's why we asked each of the candidates hoping to lead the U.S. in 2020 the following questions:

  • How will you bring paid family leave to America?
  • How will you ensure the maternal health crisis is addressed?
  • How will you ensure better maternal mental health support?
  • How will you support mothers in feeding their babies?
  • How will you create affordable childcare solutions?
  • How will you work to change the cultural expectations that contribute to maternal stress in America?
Here were their responses to these important questions.

Sen. Bernie Sanders 

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How Bernie Sanders plans to bring paid family leave to America

"The evidence is clear: doctors, the World Health Organization, parents around the world, and other experts recommend at least 6 months of paid leave. As President, Bernie will guarantee 6 months paid family leave. The U.S. must end the national disgrace of being the only major country in the world not to offer paid family leave. We will guarantee all workers paid family and medical leave, paid sick leave, and paid vacation, and ensure survivors of domestic violence receive paid leave as well."

To see the rest of Sen. Sanders' responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Joe Biden's campaign has not yet responded to Motherly's questions 

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Motherly is making efforts to get information from all candidates, but here's what we know about Biden's plans so far:

Paid leave: Biden has not made a statement about a specific plan or number of weeks he wants to see for paid family leave.

Childcare costs: Biden plans to "provide high-quality, universal pre-kindergarten for all three- and four-year-olds."

Health care: Biden plans to build on the Affordable Care Act to offer an affordable public option to American families.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren

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How Elizabeth Warren plans to bring paid family leave to America

"I have committed to adopting and building on Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's work by fighting to make paid family and medical leave available to all workers. As President, I will fight for up to 12 weeks of paid family or medical leave in a one year period to care for a newborn or newly adopted child; to act as caregiver to a spouse, child, parent, domestic partner, or chosen family member with a serious health condition; to deal with the worker's own serious medical condition; or address specific military caregiving needs.

Workers would receive 66% of their salary, capped at $4,000 per month, with a minimum payment of $580 per month. Unlike our current unpaid federal leave system, which is limited to businesses with over 50 employees, paid family and medical leave would be available to anyone who meets the work history requirements for Social Security Disability Insurance. This would be a game-changer for American families - and a big step toward building an economy that works for all of us."

To see the rest of Sen. Warren's responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Mike Bloomberg

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How Mike Bloomberg plans to bring paid family leave to America

"Mike believes all workers deserve access to paid family leave. Workers who receive generous family leave from their employers are more likely to remain in their jobs and have healthier children. As president, Mike will guarantee 12 weeks of paid family leave for all working Americans. Mike supports the passage of national paid family leave legislation, like the FAMILY Act, which includes men and women, the birth or adoption of a child, serious medical conditions of the employee, caregiving for a child, parent, spouse, or domestic partners in the case of a serious medical condition, and for caregiving for a spouse or child with a military-related injury."

To see the rest of Bloomberg's responses to Motherly's questions, click here.

Tulsi Gabbard's campaign has not yet responded to Motherly's questions

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Paid leave: Like many of her fellow candidates, Gabbard supports The Family Act. which would see parents get 12 weeks of leave.

Child care costs: Plans unclear.

Health care: Gabbard "supports the Medicare for All Act and serves on the Medicare for All Caucus".

Where President Trump stands 

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White House

President Trump is the likely Republican nominee, as only one Republican, former Massachusetts governor William Weld, is seeking the nomination against the sitting President.

President Trump has made some progress on paid leave, stating previously that he was "proud to sign the new law offering parents in the [federal] workforce paid family leave, serving as a model for the rest of the country", which overs federal employees who have worked for the government at least a year, allowing them to take 12 weeks paid leave after the birth or adoption of a child. About 2 million people who work for the federal government will soon have access to this paid leave, but there are more than million more working Americans who won't.

Motherly is making efforts to get information from all candidates, but for more information on where President Trump stands on paid leave, health care and other issues, click here.