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    William C. Barron (I) Carpenter, ski patroller

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    Daniel Geery (O) Educator, inventor, writer

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    Orrin G. Hatch (Rep) U.S. Senator

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    Scott N. Howell (Dem) Former Minority Leader Utah State Senate, Former IBM Executive

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What differences do you see between yourself and your opponent(s)?

What specific measures should be taken to fix the nation's economy?

What needs to be done to reform the nation's health care system?

What is your position on the Affordable Care Act? If opposed, what specific alternatives would you suggest to improving the nation's health care system? If favor, what specific provisions do you believe will improve the nation's health care system?

What federal actions should be taken to ensure the United States is a world leader in educating children?

What is the most important issue your electoral position faces? How would you resolve this issue?

I am running on behalf of the Earth, and my campaign is based on the core values of the affirmation of life, taking responsibility and equitable opportunity for all citizens.
We need policies to support the work that needs to be done to make the transition to an economy based on virtuous cycles of meeting our human needs sustainably, developing clean, efficient technologies, educating our children throughout their lifetimes while providing lucrative, fulfilling work for every able-bodied citizen. The carbon fee and dividend proposal described in the final question below would make an excellent start to accomplishing all of these goals. We need an economy based on clean renewable energy that can be sustained far into the future rather than an economy based on scarce, limited and polluting forms of energy. Putting a price on carbon that reflects its detrimental effects on our health, our environment and our economy will motivate a smooth transition to the society we would choose.
Clean air, clean water and pristine lands are the birthright of every human being and all living things. We need to enact policies that guarantee that these basic needs of life remain clean and free of chemical poisons that adversely affect our health. At the same time, we need to foster community programs to support the prevention of “lifestyle” diseases such as heart disease, hypertension, diabetes and even cancer. These and other preventable conditions eat up a huge portion of our healthcare dollars. Every step we take in prevention – e.g., moderate exercise, healthy diet, and techniques for stress management - yields huge dividends in enhanced well-being and avoided costs, making healthcare resources available for the diseases we can’t prevent.Let’s make vibrant good health a priority as communities and as individuals. Healthy citizens are citizens who are able to express their highest and best potential and who can make a positive contribution for the good of all.
I support making healthcare affordably available to all. We can afford such a system if we implement policies that focus on prevention as described above. I propose policies that provide financial and other incentives for citizens to engage in healthy lifestyle choices. I support a single payer system which would eliminate inefficiencies and duplication of services. The huge profits currently reaped by the insurance and drug companies could be channeled to disease –prevention programs and the actual treatment of patients instead of endless paperwork and administration.
Our society needs the potentials of our children to be fully developed. We need their creativity and their skills to effectively address the challenges of our time. At the federal level, leaders can set the tone for a renaissance in education by instituting policies that foster not just the ability to succeed at standardized tests, but to experience and express the full range of what it means to be fully-realized well rounded humans – intellectually, culturally, physically, technologically, socially and practically. While it is up to individual communities to do most of this work, innovative federal pilot programs to educate the whole person could be established as examples of what is possible. With a sustainable and clean energy economy, we would not have to fight wars over scarce resources, and much of what currently funds our military could fund education.
I am focused on the most urgent issue of our time, human-caused climate change. We face a critical time in history, where our action or inaction will dictate what our children and future generations will face. It is time to unite as human beings and acknowledge the implications on our natural world if we continue burning fossil fuels at the rate we are today.There is a direct and transparent solution to this issue, which would provide benefits to our air and water quality, human health, our economy and the creation of much needed jobs. It is called carbon fee and dividend. This legislative proposal would place a steadily increasing fee on carbon emissions at the source -at the mine, well or port of entry - with 100% of the revenue returned to households. This fee on carbon would account for the externalized costs of burning fossil fuels, with the revenue returned equitably to American households as a dividend check. This type of legislation would drive a smooth, nationwide transition to clean and renewable energy. It would:- accelerate our transition away from fossil fuels - improve our air and water quality, while reducing health care costs- provide the incentive for our economy to grow toward innovation, ingenuity, and efficiency- and wouldn’t increase the size of the government.I am compelled to run for US Senate because the time to be effective is now! Climate change is happening and scientists confirm that we are a major cause . We can address this issue with a federal legislative solution that matches the scale of the problem. I ask you to engage in the political process as individuals and let’s create the political will for a future that affirms the best interests of our children and coming generations. This is a moral and ethical issue, not a political one.Our country is facing many challenges, but when it comes right down to it, if we don’t address human-caused climate change, all other issues will pale in comparison.
The main difference I see is that I offer a broad view, a viable and sustainable vision for ourselves and our progeny. I believe I offer a much needed moral compass for Utah, the U.S., and ultimately the world. I mean what I say about putting children first, getting money out of politics, and nudging us strongly in directions that make sense for us all, regarding countless issues confronting us. I desperately want to leave behind a saner and better world for future generations than what we are looking at today, and will continue working toward that whether elected or not. I am running on the Justice Party ticket, because real justice is critical for these things to happen.
I view the economy much like the circulatory system of the human body. It must flow freely, without large pockets of stagnation, which in the body cause blood clots, heart attacks, and so on. We have huge pockets of money that are not being invested in real goods and services, but rather in elaborate scams to manipulate other people’s money and lives. We absolutely need better oversight of Wall Street, by serious watchdogs with sharp teeth; we must likewise be looking closely at the Federal Reserve, which may well need serious revamping. Efficiency in government and what we do with taxes is on the top of my list, and ties directly to my priorities.
Single payer healthcare is imperative, and has been proven again and again to work. A major measure of the greatness of a society--if not the greatest--is how well it takes care of the less fortunate. We are very far down on that list, in order of industrialized nations. There is no excuse for this, beyond political corruption, money in politics, and abuse by insurance companies. See my following answer as well.
When the ACA passed, Senator Sanders said: "Today is a good day for millions of Americans who have pre-existing conditions who can no longer be rejected by insurance companies. It is a good day for families with children under 26 who can keep their children on their health insurance policies. It is a good day for women who can no longer be charged far higher premiums than men. It is a good day for 30 million uninsured Americans who will have access to healthcare. It is a good day for seniors who will continue to see their prescription drug costs go down as the so-called doughnut hole goes away. It is a good day for small businesses who simply cannot continue to afford the escalating costs of providing insurance for their employees. It is a good day for 20 million Americans who will soon be able to find access to community health centers." But he added: “In my view, while the Affordable Care Act is an important step in the right direction and I am glad that the Supreme Court upheld it, we ultimately need to do better. If we are serious about providing high-quality, affordable healthcare as a right, not a privilege, the real solution to America's health-care crisis is a Medicare-for-all, single-payer system. Until then, we will remain the only major nation that does not provide health care for every man, woman and child as a right of citizenship.”My view: we can and must rise to this task. After my heart transplant in 2005, I was dumped by my insurance, and now depend on Medicare and a supplement. From all I read, the system pays for itself, and even if it didn’t, we should as a nation take care of one another. What else are we here for?
I spent twenty years in elementary education, have a Master’s Degree in Reading/ Education, wrote many articles for Learning Magazine, did a science video series for kids, among other things. So I have a “strong bias” here. We need more “bottoms-up” education, listening to what kids are telling us. Human beings are natural scientists until we beat curiosity out of them. Learning should be fun, yet disciplined. It should be work, but work that is engaging and meaningful. Toss out the misnamed No Child Left Behind Act, and focus on what makes good learning, rather than trying to rank kids and teachers like eggs or cattle. Study Finland’s system, deemed by many to be the best in the world, and modify it to fit here. More hands-on, engaging activities. Teach civility, kindness, and empathy, along with the benefits of cooperation and sharing. Listen to Robert Fulghum.
I read this in two possible ways: 1) getting people to be aware of my positions, as is being done here and at (and spreading the word, if you like what you see); and/ or 2) if elected, connecting with serious people who are in politics for the betterment of humans everywhere. While accomplishing the latter, I want to see Utah become a serious, major leader for the rest of the U.S., as it is rapidly doing with scientific research in dozens of areas, but also in moral leadership. Two examples: one, avoiding wars through diplomacy and understanding, to the greatest extent possible; and two, in small but steady increments, converting our military capabilities into projects that benefit Utah and the U.S. and ultimately the world (renewable energy, industrial efficiency, improved aviation, medical advancements, ever-improving communication systems for citizens, are a few examples that come promptly to mind).
I have had the privilege to serve as Utah’s Senator for six terms. During that time I have acquired valuable skills that have allowed me to represent Utah and defend her interests. I have served on numerous committees, including the judicial committee where I hoped conservative judges like Thomas, Alito and Scalia overcome democratic opposition to their appointments. I currently serve as the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, and when the republicans take control of the Senate in this election I will be the chairman. A Utah Senator as the chair of the Senate Finance Committee, which oversees about 60 percent of the budget, ensures that Utah values of fiscal restraint will be represented in Washington. It will also allow me to continue fighting for Utah by keeping Hill Air Force Base alive and well and freeing Utah lands from federal control. I have experience and seniority, and I have a proven track record of conservative fiscal policy. I will work to repeal Obamacare, overhaul our tax code, reform entitlements and reduce our national debt, and I am the only candidate in this race in the position to see that we are successful in this endeavor.
Fixing this nation’s economy will rely on returning this country to the ideas that made it great. Constant government spending and interference in the market are detrimental to our economy, and this has been proven in stunning fashion over the last 3 years of President Obama’s liberal policies. I will use my position on the Senate Finance Committee to work to reform our tax code and reduce our spending. I will work to reform entitlements and repeal the job-killing Obamacare. By getting government out of the business of creating uncertainty and picking winners and losers we can ensure that our free market can thrive and grow. This country skyrocketed to success due to its adherence to conservative government and strong, free-market capitalism. By returning to these ideals we can make America strong again.
The first step we need to take in reforming health care is to repeal Obama’s Affordable Care Act. This bill requires trillions in federal spending, which is money we simply do not have. It also leads to higher premiums, fewer jobs and cuts to Medicare. Big government has a proven track record of being more expensive and less efficient than the private sector, and in something as important as health care we cannot allow bureaucracy to trump patients and providers. Programs like Medicare and Medicaid are in trouble, and adding more government debt to the problem is a terrible idea. Instead we should be seeking ways to make our economy strong and to reduce waste. This will allow us to live up to the promises we have already made instead of continuing to add more and more debt burdens to ourselves and our posterity.
From the very beginning I have been staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act. I was the first member of the Senate to raise questions about the constitutionality of this law, and since then I have fought tooth and nail against this egregious encroachment into our lives. Despite the recent Supreme Court ruling to the contrary, I believe the individual mandate is unconstitutional and bad policy to boot. If the government can force you to purchase a product that is a dangerous overstep of government power and a terrifying legal precedent. I will work from day one to repeal Obamacare and protect our liberty. Instead of trying to force changes on the market while increasing government power, we should work to structure government in a way that makes the economy strong and our future secure. American’s can spend their money better than the government can, and I am confident that as a nation we can create a society where health care is affordable, but I believe that stems from getting government out of the way of the free market that has made this country great.
I believe the most important federal actions that could be taken toward improving education are those actions that allow states greater choice and freedom in Education. A one-size-all approach is simply not effective, and we need to get federal government out of the way so that our state and community governments can work to address the education issues specific to their students. Rather than sending money to the government back East and then having to beg for it back by complying with federal mandates, we should seek policies that keep tax dollars and education decisions closer to home. The kinds of inefficiencies, waste and red-tape bureaucracy that plague big federal programs are bringing the quality of our education down, and I believe we should move education decisions closer to home as they were in years past.
The biggest issue we face in this nation is the troubled state of our national debt. We are spending ourselves deeper and deeper into debt, and I fear that we are approaching the point of no return. We simply must reign in government spending before it’s too late. I would resolve this issue by passing an amendment requiring Congress to balance its budget. Step one is to stop spending more money than we have, and I have been advocating for this amendment my entire career—I’ve sponsored or co-sponsored a BBA nearly 20 times during my tenure. In 1997 we came within one vote of passing the Balanced Budget Amendment. Imagine how much better shape this country would be in if we had passed my bill 15 years ago. Fighting for fiscal restraint has often been an uphill battle, but this year more Americans than ever before are eager to see the budget balanced, the deficits ended and the debt reduced. I am confident that this nation will do the right thing and elect a President that is serious about fixing our budget, and I look forward to the opportunity working with President Romney and other conservatives to turn this country around.
In 10 years in the State Senate I voted for nine balanced budgets. In 36 years, Orrin Hatch has voted for three. He has voted 16 times to raise the debt ceiling, ballooning our national debt. Orrin Hatch has embraced a radical agenda with which I fundamentally disagree. He has voted to end Medicare, forcing over 260,000 Utah seniors into the private insurance market with a coupon to purchase private plans that cost more than traditional Medicare. Orrin Hatch voted to reinstate the prescription ‘donut hole’ and to allow insurance companies to discriminate against children with pre-existing conditions. He has voted to double Stafford loan rates for students from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent. Utah families will face as much as $11,000 more for a 20-year Stafford loan. He has voted to eliminate $170 billion from Pell Grant funding, negatively impacting nearly 10 million college students.We should pose the question to Orrin Hatch if he now sees differences between himself and his own voting record. In 1994, he sponsored the Violence Against Women Act to protect women against domestic violence and sexual assault. He led two successful efforts to reauthorize that protection. Last April, he voted against renewal of that same legislation. Sen. Hatch once championed legislation to help minority students attend college by giving them the same tuition rates as non-minority students. In a stunning reversal, he turned his back on that legislation too.The single greatest difference between Orrin Hatch and I is our commitment to put people before politics. Sen. Hatch has abandoned working across party lines to solve our nation’s problems. Our Founding Fathers intended for our elected officials to work together for common good. In 10 years in the Utah State Senate, I gained a reputation as a legislator committed to working with members of both parties. It is how problems are solved, and it is the best way for our country to get back on track.
The most effective way to get our economy moving again and lower the deficit is to get Utahns back to work. There are five things that Congress can do immediately to jumpstart job creation.1) Spur job creation by enhancing small business access to credit. Now more than ever, the government should help aspiring entrepreneurs follow their dreams and create jobs. The 2013 Budget gives $16 billion in Small Business Administration (SBA) loan guarantees, which will help small businesses operate and expand. That amount is down $1.5 billion from this year. I’d like to see the current level maintained until job numbers go up.2) Cut taxes for small businesses. We can encourage job growth and investment by making permanent the elimination of taxes on capital gains for small business investments and providing tax credits on new payroll for small businesses. Small businesses are the engine of our economy. We need to work together to give them every opportunity to succeed.3) End tax breaks for outsourcing jobs. In the past decade, six million manufacturing jobs have been lost and 42,000 factories have closed mostly due to outsourcing. Under current tax law, a company can claim a tax deduction for the cost of moving overseas. Let’s instead provide tax credits to corporations that bring jobs back to Utah.4) Reform unfair trade deals. NAFTA alone has cost nearly 700,000 American jobs and pushed wages downward. Any 21st century trade agreements should, unlike NAFTA and the FTAA, provide safeguards to ensure that the U.S. can address financial and environmental challenges.5) Invest in American Infrastructure. Congress hasn’t passed a long-term highway bill since 2009. We spent over $80 billion rebuilding Afghanistan while America’s infrastructure crumbles. Let’s bring the parties together to pass legislation that put millions of Americans back to work, repairing and upgrading roads and bridges.
Soaring health care costs and Congress' attempts to end Medicare and Social Security are two critical aspects of health care that must be addressed. My opponent supports ending traditional Medicare and shifting Social Security funds to private retirement accounts, reducing benefits and gradually raising the age of eligibility.Orrin Hatch voted to eliminate Medicare’s fee-for-service payment plan and instead give our Medicare fund money directly to health insurance providers. I strongly oppose any plan to privatize Medicare for over 260,000 Utah seniors and replace it with a program that offers nothing like the coverage that the elderly now receive. We do not need to fundamentally change Medicare in order to save it.Instead of receiving guaranteed coverage for health care expenses from Medicare, seniors would instead receive government-issued coupons to help buy their own private insurance, that is, assuming that seniors can find an insurance company that will provide them insurance. Most importantly the coupons will not cover the insurance policy, the co-pays, and the deductible. It is merely a coupon to cover some of the cost. The rest comes out of pocket.We can make Medicare a more solvent program. By upgrading the Medicare card and eliminating phantom billing and medical equipment fraud we can save $30 billion per year, ($300 billion over ten). The new Medicare card removes the Social Security number, instead using computer technology to protect seniors. Congress should also allow Medicare to negotiate for lower drug price by using its bulk purchasing power to negotiate drug makers for lower costs. This would save $156 billion over 10 years. The Veterans Administration’s drug prices are half of Part D prices. And lastly we should allow low drug importation from Canada. This would save consumers $80 billion over ten years. We can ensure that Social Security and Medicare, the foundation of our seniors' safety net, are preserved for future generations.
I support sensible health insurance reform portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); ending discrimination against children with pre-existing conditions, closing the prescription loophole for seniors, and extending the age to remain on parents' coverage from 18 to 26. My concern with the ACA is the individual mandate and whether the insurance exchanges will act as an effective cost-control mechanism. The premise of the individual mandate in the ACA is the very same introduced by Orrin Hatch in 1993: to protect Americans with health insurance from paying for those without. However, there is certain to be a considerable financial impact for Utahns mandated to purchase coverage if insurance premiums should skyrocket.Utah should consider Section 1332 in the Affordable Care Act, the State Innovation Waver. It allows states a five-year reprieve from the mandate if they can do a better job of providing health care for citizens. The Utah Legislature must first pass health care legislation that is affordable, deficit neutral, and covers at least as many people as the ACA. It is the one way that Utah can provide health care for citizens while protecting itself should health care reform lead to higher health care costs for Utah citizens. We can essentially opt out if the state legislature can work together to come up with a solution to cover Utahns.If we are serious about fiscal responsibility, and bringing down the debt, we need solutions to address the rising costs of healthcare. Solutions come through collaboration. The State Innovation Waiver is one of the only parts of reform with bipartisan support. With the waiver, Utah will be prepared in the event that insurance premiums increase for Utah families. Montana, Oregon, and Massachusetts are leading the way toward state health insurance. If Utah can do a better of job of providing health insurance to our citizens than the federal government, the ACA allows the right to do so, and we should explore it.
As a proud father of four sons and grandfather to four children, education was one of my main priorities in the Utah State Senate and it remains a priority today. When I moved to Utah, kindergarten was not a viable option for my boys. My first mission was to increase funding for childhood education in our state so that later our children have every opportunity to move on to higher education.Early childhood education is one of the best investments we can make. It boosts the impact of all future public education investments. By increasing access to Head Start and full-day kindergarten, we are laying a strong foundation for the academic future. Still, the economic downturn is hurting childhood education. In the last 16 months, local governments have lost more than 130,000 teaching jobs alone. Such cuts have disastrous effects for America’s education system and long-term economic health, but it also harms the economy in the short-term. Since the majority of American teachers are women, these job losses play a role in the recession’s disproportionate impact on female workers.As a former executive of one of the most respected and influential companies in the world, as well as a "Smart Schools" advocate, I have seen firsthand how technology can and should play a key role in raising the quality of education. We’ve got to adapt education on every level to this new paradigm to ensure our children's competitiveness. One of the best things we can do for our children is to ensure their future college affordability and access. Every student who wants to attend college and worked hard to get accepted to college ought to have access to affordable education. However, rising tuition rates are putting college out of reach for far too many qualified students. I support extending current student loan interest rates and increasing college tuition tax credits for students and their families.
The greatest threat to our nation’s economy is the gridlock in Washington D.C. The inability of our leaders to collaborate to find solutions to our economic problems is hurting Utahns. As Senate minority leader, I worked with Gov. Mike Leavitt to balance the budget. I earned the reputation as a senator willing to work with members of both parties to solve problems. Utahns have a clear choice: to elect a senator who represents our state’s unique needs, or a 36-year incumbent in Orrin Hatch so beholden to special interests that he no longer represents the people of Utah.The Founding Fathers never intended service in the government to be a career. It is an act of public service. George Mason, father of the Bill of Rights wrote: “Nothing is so essential to the preservation of a Republican government as a periodic rotation." Upon being elected to the Utah State Senate, I pledged that I would serve no more than three terms. At the end of my third term I stepped down, even though my approval rating was at 80%. It was time for new ideas, a different approach. And now, that time has come again.Orrin Hatch continues to lead the charge of obstructing economic growth and ballooning the deficit. He opposed the American Jobs Bill, which would have put millions of Americans back to work by protecting the jobs of police officers, firefighters, teachers, and construction workers. He opposed the Bring Jobs Home Act, which would have given a tax break to companies that bring jobs back to the United States and eliminated a tax credit for companies shipping jobs overseas. Not only did he oppose this bill, he called it a ‘joke’. To Utahns that are out of work or underemployed, outsourced jobs are no laughing matter. Orrin Hatch also blocked legislation to eliminate $4 billion in Big Oil subsidies, corporate welfare that our country can no longer afford. We simply cannot afford another six years of a senator who is unwilling to do what is right for Utah.
I believe that I am the only candidate in the field that believes the US Constitution is the solution to the problems we face as a nation. Its message of limited Federal Government and limited involvement in the lives of our citizens is the basis of the freedoms and rights we enjoy but are in danger of losing. I do not see the government as the solution to our problems. In most cases, I believe the actions and attitudes of our government and its officials are the cause of those problems. As we have ignored and marginalized the thinking and writing of our founders and their vision of liberty, we have fallen further into debt, disrepute among other nations and discouragement about the future. We can restore Americas greatness, her prosperity and productivity and our hopes for the future, but only if we return to the same principles that built this country and encouraged character, integrity, productiveness and respect among the citizens. I also believe I am the only candidate that has learned to ask the right questions and seek the principles of truth that apply to our problems. When we do that first instead of asking what is popular or will get someone elected, we are able to find real answers and solutions that work and keep working over time. When we find solutions that honor both justice and mercy, we are approaching what government should be and, by extension, the best of what we can be as a people.
The concept is simple - quit spending money. Sadly, while simple, it is not easy. We must honor the commitments we have made to our military and our senior citizens. We can save social security and medicare, but it won't be without sacrifice. When a family is going broke, they have to make choices about what they can afford. Sometimes they have to eat beans and rice or mac and cheese for awhile. We can't simply wish away a 16 trillion dollar debt. It is going to be hard going if we want to avoid a complete collapse of our financial and societal systems. I do believe the plans I have can save us from a sad and dark future, but only if we are willing to sacrifice soon. I propose closing all Federal Bureaucracies that are not mandated by the Constitution and turning those that have merit over to the states along with the power to run them. I believe in reducing the pay of public servants including the President, Senators and Congressmen to levels that reflect what the average citizen makes. If they want to get rich, let them do it in the private sector where we are not paying for it. All elected representatives and their staffs should be required to live by the same rules and laws and have the same benefits as their counterparts in private business - no special deals or retirement plans. This is supposed to be public "service". I also believe that by removing unnecessary regulation and unreasonable requirements, we can encourage productivity and profitability throughout the nation which will raise more income for the government. Right now we are discouraging productivity and it is hurting us. I believe the IRS should be dismantled and the income tax abolished in favor of a national sales tax that exempts necessities such as food, basic housing and medical care. Then the rich, lottery winners, insurance recipients and criminals will all be paying their fair share along with everyone else except the truly poor. We will also see how much we are really paying.
Reduce the cost of health care. First step is tort reform that requires reasonable damages instead of punitive damages that raise costs for everyone. This also includes requiring those bringing frivolous lawsuits to pay court costs if they don't win. Next is creating a system of basic care facilities that are available at reduced or no cost depending on need for those who can not afford insurance. This should not be done on a Federal basis since the Federal government has no jurisdiction or responsibility for health care except for its soldiers who should be taken care of better than they currently are. These facilities can be created, if they so choose, by the states or communities they serve. They can use older hospitals instead of destroying them and they can be staffed by professionals educated in the state medical schools on scholarship. Part of the price of that scholarship assistance is a commitment to serve in these facilities for a period of years. We also need to realize as a nation that we can not take responsibility to care for everyone and make sure they are happy and healthy until they are 120 years old. We simply can't do it without destroying the economy. Then no one will have any care. That is not what we want. A reasonable and balanced approach can give everyone a reasonable level of basic health care while not destroying the excellence of our system for those who choose to pay the bills themselves or buy insurance to cover issues beyond basic care.
The ACA is not constitutional in its mandate to purchase insurance. This law also creates the biggest increase in taxes in history and takes more of our freedoms from us than any law since the Patriot Act. For example, I and my family visit the Chiropractor and the Natural healing center when we have ailments. We do not visit the local medical establishment. What this law mandates is that, not only must I buy insurance for that local medical establishment that I won't use (or pay a similar amounts in fines or taxes) but I still have to pay out of my own pocket for the medical care I receive. They won't even consider paying for the care that I believe is best for me and my family. Additionally, after I reach 70 years old, they will determine if my prognosis is sufficiently good to spend money on my care. If not, I won't receive the care I need even after paying for all that great "insurance". It kind of sound like the type of insurance the mob sells on the street to businesses that don't want it but have no choice. It's wrong on every account.To see my alternatives, see the answer above. We can do better and many states are already doing it.
None. Sorry to be blunt, but the Federal government has no business having anything to do with education. The parents, states and local communities are the most involved, most aware and most efficient entities when it comes to deciding what is best for their children and the education they deserve. Every bit of Federal Involvement in Education has degraded the quality of education, from No Child Left Behind to Title IX to Common Core. These are bureaucratic nightmares dreamed up by theorists and administrators that don't understand education. Let the teachers teach. Encourage excellence on the local and state level. Make attending school a privilege instead of a requirement. I have a degree in education and taught in the public schools for a few years. The NEA and the Department of Education are the two most destructive forces in the education of our children, their moral development and their ability to think and reason. I am not a fan (as you can tell).Government programs in higher education have resulted in the tripling of university costs over a very short time which in turn leads to students not being able to complete their degrees or going so heavily into debt that it takes years to get out. They have also created a system where many students end up with degrees that are ill suited to fit them for real jobs in the real world which makes paying back their student loans even harder. This system is broken and needs to be rethought in total. The Federal Government should close the department of Education and get out of the way of the parents, states and local communities.
I am not sure what you mean by "electoral position". If you mean the position of US Senator, the most pressing issue is the division and degrading of the American public by the political parties. The major parties are more interested in power than in real solutions. They refuse to work together, refuse to pass good legislation if the "other guys" might get credit, refuse to pass a budget, refuse to reign in abuse of power by presidents of either party, refuse to challenge unconstitutional laws, policies and regulations that come down from bureaucracies, and simply refuse to do what they took an oath to do when they were sworn in to office - "Protect and Defend the Constitution of the United States from all enemies foreign and domestic." That is a simple oath, but most of our elected officials ignore it. Many of them have not even read the Constitution recently and some have never read it. If you don't know what's in it, how can you defend and protect it? We need to stop sending people to Washington that are willing to put their party before the needs of our nation and our people. The best way to do that is stop electing the same old politicians from the same old parties while we expect them not to keep giving us the same old results. We need to send independent thinkers that will challenge the party bosses and stand for true principles, present real solutions that may not be comfortable, but are necessary, that will do what's right even if it means they won't be re-elected. That is integrity! That is statesmanship! That is not "politics as usual". That is what we need.