Andrew Yang

Read Andrew Yang’s positions on all 11 planks of the Pledge Agenda.
Scroll down – or click a plank in the outline below to jump to specific positions.

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America
2. Invest in a Green Economy
II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality
4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism
5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality
III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All

6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University
7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security
IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share
9. Close Wall Street’s Casino
10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests
V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

I. Jobs for All – by Investing in Rebuilding America and a Green New Deal
1. Jobs for All – Created by Rebuilding America

  • Andrew Yang has not endorsed a Jobs for All program. Although he does support  Universal Basic Income in the form of a $1,000 monthly check sent to every American over 18, so they can pay their bills more jobs are replaced by new technologies. (yang2020)
  • Promises to “change the way we measure the economy, from GDP and the stock market to a more inclusive set of measurements that ensures humans are thriving, not barely making it by. New measurements like Median Income and Standard of Living, Health-adjusted Life Expectancy, Mental Health, Childhood Success Rates, Social and Economic Mobility, Absence of Substance Abuse, and other measurements will give us a much clearer and more powerful sense of how we are doing both individually and as a society.”  (yang2020)

2. Invest in a Green Economy

  • Yang has announced his support of the Green New Deal & Paris Climate Accord. (DailyIowan, 03/14/19)
  • “While the role of the federal government is important, much of the work will be done at the state, or even neighborhood, level. The federal government should support local efforts through funding and market-based incentives.” (yang2020)

II. Fight Inequality
3. Empower Workers to Reduce Inequality

  • No American should be working full-time and living in poverty. A $15 minimum wage is good in principle but it will catalyze corporations to replace American workers with automation and robots. Instead, we need to cut out the middleman and just give people money. (Twitter, 09/04/18)
  • I am 100% for the spirit that no American should be working full-time and not be able to pay their bills. The reality is that if we move to a $15 minimum wage there are many small businesses and industries like fast food that would probably end up getting rid of shifts and workers.” (Interview, The Jimmy Dore Show, 03/30/19)
  • “I am for workers ability to unionize in any industry or situation.” (Interview, The Jimmy Dore Show, 03/30/19)

4. Opportunity and Justice for All – With a Focus on Communities Harmed by Racism

  • While a number of candidates have pledged to end the system cash bail – which essentially locks people up for being poor and predominantly affects black and brown defendants awaiting trial – Yang supports “reduc[ing] our reliance on bail.” (yang2020, Decrease Pre-Trial Cash Bail)
  • “Yang would create a new “tier of long-term permanent residency” that would allow immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally to attain citizenship in 18 years. If they register for the new tier, undocumented immigrants who have lived illegally in the country for “a substantial amount of time” would be able to work and live in U.S., while they wait to become citizens, so long as they pay taxes and do not receive any felony convictions.” (PBS, 03/19/19)

  • “As
    part of his immigration plan, Yang would also boost funding for U.S. ports of entry, improve technology to secure the southern border and strengthen environmental protections along the Rio Grande. Yang also supports the DREAM Act, a proposal aimed at protecting young undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country illegally as children.” (PBS, 03/19/19)

5. Guarantee Women’s Economic Equality

  • Yang says he supports a woman’s right to choose, and would nominate judges who share the same opinion. (PBS, 03/19/19)

III. A New Social Contract – for Income and Retirement Security – and Healthcare and Education for All
6. High Quality Public Education – Pre-K to University

  • Yang has come out against Bernie Sanders’ free for all college proposal, claiming that “we are overemphasizing college” while under-emphasizing “technical, vocational, and apprenticeship work.” (Interview, Joe Rogan, 02/12/19) Nonetheless, Yang has expressed the need to “control the cost of higher education” and “prevent students from being saddled with lifelong loan debt.”
  • Has proposed a plan by which students could repay their loans through “pledging 10% of their salary per year for ten years, after which the balance of their debts would be forgiven.” (Yang2020)

7. Medicare for All – And Shared Economic Security

  • Yang says that he want to “move in the direction of a single-payer system,” either by expanding Medicare to everyone, or creating a new system.” In the meantime, he says that “I believe that private health insurance should be allowed to continue to serve those who want to opt out of the public option,” Yang told The Post. “However, I expect the public option to be able to out-compete the private options and that most private options would disappear over time.” (The Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • “I agree with the goal of expanding Medicare to be available to cover more individuals, with the eventual goal of providing a competitive option to all Americans.” (The Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • He believes that that federal government should have the ability to negotiate drug prices for Medicare, import drugs from other countries, and produce and sell generic drugs for lowing prices (The Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Yang has indicated that – under his program – “undocumented immigrants who register for the path to citizenship would be eligible to participate in the health plan at some additional cost to them.” (The Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • “As President, I will…
    • Work with Congress to create a Medicare-for-All program, or a similar program, to provide healthcare to all Americans
    • Shift the way doctors are compensated to promote holistic and empathic care
    • Create incentives for and invest in innovative treatment methods and methodologies…” (see full Medicare-for-all page here)
  • “The entrepreneur’s health care platform also focuses on mental health. He has proposed funding artificial intelligence efforts that could improve mental health services and would create a “White House psychologist corps” that would evaluate and screen administration staff.” (PBS, 03/19/19)

IV. Stop Corporations, Banks, and the Wealthy from Controlling Our Economy and Our Democracy
8. Make Corporations and the Wealthy Pay Their Fair Share


  • Plans
    to “rein in corporate excesses by appointing regulators who are paid a lot of money – competitive with senior jobs in the private sector – but then will be prohibited from going to private industry afterward.  Regulators need to be focused on making the right decisions and policies for the public with zero concern for their next position.” (yang2020)
  • “As President, I will…
    • Implement a Value-Added Tax at 10%, half the European level.  Over time, the VAT will become more and more important to capture the value generated by automation in a way that income taxes would not. 
    • Use the VAT revenue to pay for the Freedom Dividend of $1,000/month per adult, Universal Basic Income.” (yang2020)

9. Close Wall Street’s Casino

10. Rescue Democracy from Special Interests

  • Yang has said he supports preserving the electoral college (as opposed to basing the final result on the popular vote). But he is open to eliminating the Senate filibuster and adding justices to “pack” the Supreme Court, where he actively supports implementing term limits. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)
  • Yang supports automatic voter registration, granting voting rights to the formerly incarcerated, making Election Day a national holiday, and statehood for Washington DC (all in accordance with the rest of the Democratic candidates). He also supports granting statehood to Puerto Rico as well as lowering the voting age to 16. (Washington Post, 04/11/19)

V. A Global Strategy for Working Americans
11. A Global Strategy for Working Americans

  • Yang believes in NATO and other international alliances, and would institute regular Pentagon audits. He would repeal the “Authorization for Use of Military Force” enacted after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, and hand the power to declare war back to Congress. As part of his focus on reducing military spending, Yang would redirect 10 percent of the annual military budget to a domestic infrastructure initiative called the “Legion of Builders and Destroyers.” He would also create a secretary of cybersecurity position. (PBS, 03/19/19)