Health Care Reform That Works


Requiring all Americans to have health insurance will not solve the problems of the health care system. Requiring all drivers to have car insurance does not reduce traffic congestion. Insurance does not address the root problem. Health care in America costs too much. More insurance will not reduce the cost of health care. It is likely to have the opposite effect.

For 50 years Medicare has been providing quality health care. It is time to expand Medicare to cover all Americans. This eliminates the need for:

  • The Affordable Care Act “Obamacare”;
  • Medicaid;
  • Direct payments for Social Security Disability;
  • Tax incentives for private insurance;
  • All other Government subsidies related to health care.

The cost savings from ending these programs would pay for the Medicare expansion.

Expanding Medicare will:

  • Provide quality health care for every American. Access to Medicare could be limited to citizens.
  • Promote growth by eliminating the need for private health insurance. Health insurance costs are one of the biggest barriers that entrepreneurs face when deciding to start a business.
  • Allow resources that are now being wasted on fraud, insurance, and lawyers to be redirected to providing care.

Expanded Medicare would work much like the current system.  No one would be required to participate in Medicare.  However, it would be available to all who choose to use the system.  Deciding not to use Medicare would not relieve a person from paying taxes that support the system.

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Pro-Union, Pro-Manufacturing, & Pro-America


Being pro-union is, in fact, being pro-workerpro-manufacturing, pro-growth, and pro-America!

  • We must reign in burdensome regulation.
    • Collective bargaining results in:
      • Safer work places
      • Higher pay
      • Better benefits
    • Without collective bargaining, Government regulators attempt to fill the void between Corporations and workers.  This always results in burdensome regulation that serves neither workers nor employers.  Consequently, we have:
      • Federal Regulation that costs $1.75 trillion each year
      • Inflationary wage policy
      • The most expensive health care system in the world
  • We must support our workforce by creating sound policy
    • Unions support our workforce
    • Without unions workers have no voice
  • We must do more to create jobs
    • Every year union apprenticeships train more than 450,000 workers for high skilled, high paying jobs
    • Government jobs programs fail to prepare workers for manufacturing jobs
    • Colleges have crushed America’s youth under $1.2 trillion in student loan debt.  Most college graduates do not have the minimum skills required to take America’s best paying jobs.  In 2011,
      • The average U.S. manufacturing worker earned, $77,060
      • The average worker earned on $56,436

I pledge to make supporting workers rights to organize my top legislative priority.
Join me in the fight to reverse the destruction of America’s middle class.
Together we can:

  • End burdensome regulation, and
  • Create high paying, high skill manufacturing jobs

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US Congress


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Ozone Regulations


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Kolbe v. O’Malley


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NATIONAL PARKS AND MONUMENTS


Congress should eliminate the President’s authority to designate national monuments by executive order

Disposition of existing National Monuments created by executive order

  • Congress should review each existing National Monument and decides whether to designate it a National Park
  • If Congress does not designate it a National Park the land should be auctioned with no minimum bid
  • Any person or entity, except the Federal Government, may bid

Management of National Parks

National Parks should be managed to facilitate pedestrian use

  • Existing hard surface roads and trails should be upgraded to water-permeable hard surfaces
  • Bicycles should be allowed on all hard surface roads and trails
  • Roads and trails should be improved to ADA compliant to the extent possible
  • Privately Operated Vehicles should generally be prohibited within a National Park.  Exceptions should be allowed for:
    • Highways that go through the park but are not designed to facilitate access to the park
    • People that live in the National Park
    • Utility and supply vehicles for vendors licensed to do business within the park
  • Parking structures large enough to accommodate peak visitors should be built at each park entrance
  • Mass transit should be used on existing hard surface roads.

All electricity should be provided by solar power generated and stored on site

All other power and heat should be provided by wood fires

  • Wood for fires should be salvaged from dead wood salvaged from within a national park
  • Each park should burn dead wood salvaged from within the park first
  • If sufficient wood cannot be salvaged to meet the park’s needs, the park can purchase wood salvaged from other national parks

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JUSTICE FOR NATIVE AMERICANS


There are 566 recognized Indian Tribes living on more than 600 reservations

Hard facts if you are Native American:

INDICATOR General Pop Indian Pop
W/O HS Diploma 15% 24%
Bachelor Degree or higher 28% 13%
Collecting Disability 12% 16%
In Labor Force 65% 50%
Unemployed 6% 16%
Mean Earning $69,918.00 $49,876.00
Median household income $50,221.00 $35,381.00
Per capita income $26,409.00 $16,161.00
No health insurance 15% 29%
Poverty rate (all families) 11% 23%

Why? The reservation system has effectively created ethnic ghettos that keep Native Americans segregated and poor. A system which segregates and punishes a segment of society based on ethnicity is inherently unjust.

We need to eradicate this injustice.

We need to:

  • Eliminate the Bureau of Indian Affairs.
  • Form each tribe into a Federally Chartered co-op.
    • Transfer all tribal assets, including all reservation land, to the co-op. This will effectively liquidate all reservations.
    • Each member of the tribe owns one share of the co-op
    • Set the initial value of the co-op shares by:
      • Determining the total value of all property held by the tribe;
      • Dividing that number by the number of members of the tribe.
    • Co-op shares are transferrable without limitation
    • Co-op manages its affairs in accordance with applicable State laws of the State in which the reservation was located

Tribes will be able maintain their cultural heritage through civic and cultural organizations.

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