BS in Biology
MHA - Masters in Health Care Administration
Small business owner, and hospital CEO, COO, CFO
I have been involved in missions through my church. I have served as a Deacon and adult Sunday School Teacher. I have been involved with Junior Achievement and volunteered with senior living facilities.
1) Healthcare - The prior administration hijacked 1/6th of our economy by passing the Affordable Care Act which has proven disastrous for our citizens and our economic strength. I will work to reduce regulation and taxation associated with this law so as to allow for a fair playing field that the Free Market might flourish.
2) Infrastructure - CD2 was ravaged by Hurricane Harvey and the flooding that resulted from both the storm and the antiquated infrastructure system in place. I would seek to hold those that manage various infrastructure accountable for maintenance and work diligently to assure that appropriate funding is secured.
3) Small business - Taxation and regulations stifle the growth of small business and we have seen that when they are given the opportunity to keep their money, they reinvest it back into their business that results in growth. I would support the President in his movement to further reduce business-harming regulations and continual tax reform
I have developed a comprehensive plan, called FreedomCare, that addresses this question and it can be found on my website at DavidBalat.com.
The current discussion in DC is not about healthcare; they are discussing healthcare insurance. However, our problem in healthcare is the increasing cost which is what makes it so unaffordable. There are many solutions that are currently available that are cost effective and good quality medicine, but we can do better to educate the general population as to their existence. There is so much that needs to be done in the way of eliminating unnecessary regulations that focus on healthcare that cause the charges to be hyper-inflated and the market in general to be non-competitive. Healthcare is a complex and intricate issue that can only be solved with someone who has the experience in the healthcare industry. I am the only candidate in this race who understands the fundamental issue at its core and the only one with a plan that can solve the issue
Congress has within its scope both Monetary and Fiscal Policy according to the enumerated powers within the Constitution. The role of the Federal government is to maintain a strong dollar, not to flood the market with currency and impacting interest rates negatively, and keep spending at a level appropriate for the proper funding of the government. Our issues with high taxes is a direct result of our inability to keep from spending the taxpayer's dollars. I am also in favor of proposing a Balanced Budget Amendment.
Job creation is the responsibility of the private sector and not that of the Federal Government. Government involvement tends to promote corporatism and ultimately a decrease in competition. Our representatives can foster a positive environment by reducing regulations and promoting essential free market principles.
Tufts, International Affairs w/ Minor in Physics
Harvard, Kennedy School, Masters of Public Administration
2017 - Military Legislative Fellow for Congressman Pete Sessions.
2006 – 2016 U.S. Navy SEAL with Deployments to Iraq, Afghanistan, Bahrain, South Korea. Medically Retired Lt. Commander.
Volunteer for Travis Manion Foundation (Gold Star Families), Navy SEAL Foundation, One Summit, and volunteered with Team Rubicon during Hurricane Harvey Clean Up. Advocate for charter school legislation while at HKS. Member Harvard Kennedy School
1. Border Security and National Security– My operational background makes me uniquely qualified to understand and assess what is needed by our Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents. We need to build a WALL, increase border patrol and technology/surveillance, and END sanctuary cities/chain migration/lottery system. On National Security issues, we need knowledge and experience in Congress, not talking points. North Korea is on the brink, Iran is looming. I understand what is needed for our military and how best to support them effectively.
2. National Debt and Spending – Tackle Mandatory Spending Programs. End entitlement/dependency cycle and create a path to self-sustainment, accountability, and dignity; not endless handouts that cause dependency.
3. Free-enterprise1: I believe our free-market capitalist ideas need to be defended more than ever, and we need true leaders in Congress to fight against overregulation, over-taxation, and federal overreach.
We need a free market, patient-centered health care system. Unfortunately, ObamaCare was a massive government takeover of the health care system, and it has been an unmitigated disaster. ObamaCare has caused health care costs to go up, has kicked millions of Americans off of their health insurance plans, and has increased taxes, all of which have been detrimental to the healthcare system.
We need to replace it with a health care system that puts patients first, encourages competition, allows consumers to buy health insurance across state lines, and expands health savings accounts.
I understand all too well the experience of being a patient in socialized medicine, both in the military and the VA. When no one is held accountable, and there’s no competition, quality of care suffers and prices skyrocket. We must give states the flexibility to experiment with solutions that deliver the cheapest and highest quality care to the most people.
As the debate in Congress rages on and Democrats make false accusations about Republican ideas, we must stick to free-market principles. We have to give corporations the incentives to repatriate their profits so we can grow our tax base, and encourage investment.We must simplify the individual income tax, and remove deductions that distort our economy and reduce revenue unnecessarily. We must stand for pro-growth policies because we cannot lift the poor out of poverty or raise middle-class wages without a strong and growing economy. This is common sense economics.
We must embrace free trade, and seek to give our businesses advantages by reducing regulatory burdens and lowering corporate tax rates. Small businesses are the primary driver of growth in this country and we need to ensure their success. It should be easy for entrepreneurs to start up their business and contribute to our strong economy. We have to protect the business owners that cannot afford to pay teams of lawyers.
J.D. from Duke Law School (2013)
B.S. and B.A. from Texas A&M University (2005)
I am a U.S. Army Ranger School graduate who deployed twice to Iraq. I work at Baker Botts, LLP as an energy trial attorney. I defend religious freedom as a pro bono attorney.
I led the Lone Star Veterans Association as Board Chairman, creating a community of Post 9/11 veterans in Houston. My wife, Anna, and I have led marriage preparation for engaged couples at our church since 2015.
The three most important issues facing the District are making character count again in Congress, securing our borders, and jobs. First, there have been too many scandals and too many Republicans saying one thing to get elected and doing another thing once elected. For example, the Republicans ran for six years on repealing the Affordable Care Act only to reverse course once there was a Republican president able to sign the repeal.
Second, we need to secure our borders. I support building a border wall with Mexico where it is the most cost-effective way to secure the border. But because of real issues regarding the cost and harm of imminent domain, there will be portions of the border that can be secured more cost effectively without a wall.
Third, we must cut regulations which will free the American people and allow them to create jobs.
Congress should repeal the Affordable Care Act and then pass a new health care reform law that restores competition to the health care markets. The new health care reform law should accomplish the following goals: (1) give all taxpayers similar tax treatment for health insurance, removing the unbalanced and market distorting presence of employer-provided healthcare; (2) implement market reforms such as expanding health care delivery options such as the use of physician assistants, increasing price transparency, and permitting sale of health insurance plans across state lines; and (3) strengthen the individual health consumer’s market power by enhancing Health Savings Accounts and permitting individuals to associate to purchase group insurance.
The appropriate role of the federal government in fostering a positive environment for job creation is to get out of the way of the American people. The American people, through their companies and small businesses, create jobs and make the United States economy the best in the world. The federal government often impedes this growth through regulatory overreach. The federal government’s economic role should be limited to providing the necessary infrastructure, the rule of law, and security that allows the American people to do what they do best—create jobs!
BA - Political Science
JD - Law
Navy Surface Warfare Officer; Director of Evaluations NATO; Law practice Dekalb Cty Juvenile Court; Assistant Director of Equal Opportunity; SW Regional STEM Outreach Coordinator. Led Navy-wide cross-functional groups; Owner Pro Diversity Svcs, Inc.
Collegiate Campaign Coordinator for Harold Ford, Jr. For Congress (1996); NAACP, Central Reg VP for Nat'l Naval Officers Assoc., Regional Robotics Coordinator, Ran for City Council, Mbr of Democratic clubs, Hurricane Harvey Relief Volunteer.
1. Flood control. I plan to devise a team of experts to re-evaluate and assess the flood control plan for the region. One of the immediate concerns is to ensure all canals and bayous are dredged to the proper depths that will allow flood water runoff. This had not been done prior to Hurricane Harvey. I plan to secure fed funding for completion of ongoing projects.
2. Infrastructure/job creation. For 6 of the past 9 years, the TX congressional delegation turned down federal funding for regional infrastructure, only to burden the citizens in the region with the expenses of toll roads and wider highways that bottleneck. I will secure federal funding for an elevated, clean energy light rail system to increase commerce by expanding entertainment and tourism outreach; and providing adequate means of ingress and egress in natural disasters.
3. Education. Our public education system is failing due to efforts to privatize for profit. I'll pressure for federal education funding to states.
I support and believe in a single payer healthcare system such as Medicare for All. Medicare has worked in our country and the reason it that prices are negotiated with pharma companies on a flat-rate per capita basis. If all Americans were on the same system, costs of healthcare would go down and doctors could actually treat their patients with preventative care, rather than their patients only having access via very expensive emergency care. When patient conditions are out of control, the costs to help them recover can be 20 times higher than the cost of preventative medications and treatment. Medicare for All would also alleviate the need for companies to pay directly into the insurance industry, whereby allowing tax dollars that should be going into our tax system to go into our tax system.
I believe it is imperative that our government create jobs that Americans can be proud of and that will invest in America. We can create jobs in our country by improving our infrastructure to replace damages and outdated infrastructure; invest in clean energy companies that use natural resources and seek to protect our environment; and by increasing tariffs on imports from American companies who outsource then ship to America for sale to avoid taxes. This action will not only provide jobs for working people right here at home, but will also release our country from the handcuffs of big time wall street investors and banks who are selling out our country for profit and leaving working class Americans to suffer and forced to work for pennies. It is the job of the federal government to protect the vision of the American dream, not to sell that vision out for profit. My campaign slogan is People Over Politics for that reason.
M.S. Chemistry, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA
B.S. Biochemistry, St. Edward's University, Austin, TX
Chromatography and Mass Spectrometry Field Service Engineer - 2015-Present
Graduate Research Assistant - 2014-2015
Graduate Teaching Assistant - 2013
GC/GCMS Test Technician, 2012-2013
Elizabeth Santos for HISD
Pearland Municipal Campaigns
Interfaith Peer Minister
President Obama's Interfaith Challenge
Communities in Schools
Student Service Council
Environment - I would draft science-centric legislation to use 21st century technology to innovate our flooding infrastructure. We must invest in smart urban planning to absorb water rather than redirecting it. We should leverage our community’s strength as a leader in energy to transition our country toward renewable resources. We don’t want to relive Hurricane Harvey over and over again.
Healthcare - I support the Expanded & Improved Medicare for All Act, which ends for-profit healthcare and provides a public option. We must expand healthcare coverage to the millions uninsured and should reduce healthcare costs by expanding preventative care and negotiating prescription prices.
Education - I support a bottom-up approach for education that prioritizes teachers and classrooms. We must eliminate standardized testing and shift focus to growth rather than proficiency. We must provide free public undergraduate and trades education and end drastic student debt.
We already pay twice as much of our tax dollars to healthcare as any other country, although American socialized healthcare only covers veterans (Veterans Affairs), the elderly (Medicare), and people in extreme need (Medicaid). I support Medicare for All so that personal income is not a determining factor in people’s healthcare outcomes for all Americans. As a stopgap measure, I would move to mandate Affordable Care Act medicaid expansion for all states and to provide a public health insurance option in addition to the private plans on the exchanges.
Although unemployment has dropped back to normal levels, we still have record-high youth unemployment and must address the “not employed” people who have been out of the job too long to be considered unemployed. People are working longer hours for pay that has not increased relative to cost-of-living, and many of us have retained our “hyphenated” positions we worked during the Recession. The minimum wage hasn’t increased since 2007. Our government should play a central role in creating new jobs and ensuring that all workers can afford a basic standard of living.
All that being said, there is plenty of work to be done, namely in repairing and rebuilding our infrastructure to be able to handle the storms and floods that are caused by climate change. We also should invest in public transportation, renewable energy, and high-tech industries to create jobs. At a minimum, our workers deserve a $15 wage per hour, and I will work to strengthen labor rights for our workers.
Duke University, B.A., English;
The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.;
Rice University Jones Graduate School of Business, M.B.A.
I successfully practiced law for 3 years and worked in investments for 6 years, but I have spent most of the last 15 years leading and innovating in the education and nonprofit space in our state and our community for children and working families.
I have served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations that have had a significant impact on the health, education, and wellbeing of our community. I know how to win, advocate, and fight for our community and will do so in Congress for all.
In meeting with people across TX-02 since last May, the concerns I consistently hear about from our people involve:1) Education and career opportunities;2) Health care access; and 3) Flooding.
My ideas to address those include:1) Create a pipeline of lifelong learning to ensure that everyone can access the education and training they need to maximize their opportunities and contribute to their families, their communities and our country; 2) Provide healthcare for everyone that includes cost-effective, preventive healthcare instead of expensive ER visits; lower drug costs; and women’s reproductive choices, and 3) Build a resilient infrastructure where the federal, state, and local governments work together and invest together to build the infrastructure we need to protect our people, our communities, and our economy.
I believe these priorities will expand opportunity for all communities, and I will work to ensure that that expansion of opportunity is the reality for all communities.
My wife is a doctor who used to treat patients at Ben Taub’s ER. She saw too many people delaying health care and harming their health, and their ability to contribute to their families or work, because they couldn’t afford to see a doctor.
Health care is a fundamental right in America. Too many people, though, can’t access the health care they need to lead healthy and productive lives. When health care is delivered through our ER’s it’s typically provided after a health care condition has become severe, and consequently, the individual’s and their families’ quality of life has suffered; and the cost of the care provided is much more expensive than it would be if treated earlier before the condition worsened. It’s both common sense and common decency to provide quality health care to all people so they can lead productive and engaged lives at home, at work and in the community.
I believe we should expand eligibility for Medicare and Medicaid to close the gap.
Government’s role in fostering a positive jobs environment rests largely in three areas: 1) Investing in our people, so that they can grow and develop, earn good wages and start businesses that create more jobs; 2) Investing in our nation’s critical infrastructure and R&D to protect and support the growth and development of our people, our communities, our commerce, and our country; and 3) Protecting our citizens and consumers, and allowing our businesses and industries to grow with common sense regulations—protection and regulation are different sides of the same coin.
In Congress, I will: 1) Create a pipeline of lifelong learning to develop all of our people to their fullest capabilities; 2) Invest in the infrastructure we need to protect our people and our communities; 3) Balance the protections our people and businesses need to thrive on a fair playing field that supports employees and employers.
Master of International Business: University of Sydney, Australia
BA: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, & Richmond University, London, England
Founding & Lead Partner, Sterling Concord Partners
Partner, Venture Capricorn, i-bank
Author of book, 'The Profit,' on Corporate Strategy, Implementation, & Execution
Board of Directors, American Petroleum Institute, Houston
Citizens Police Academy, Constable Precinct 4, Harris County
Houston Technology Center, frequent presenter and advisor
American Petroleum Institute
1. Tax and Regulatory: the Federal Gov't does not create jobs or build an economy, it creates the environment for
business to start, build, and succeed. The Fed Govt's role is to ensure all companies and entities can operate within a
consistent set of rules, property is defended, and contracts are upheld. Not, social engineering.
2. Term Limits: The era of the professional politician will never create, and will impede the necessary and fundamental
changes needed in Washington. A 12 year legislative term limit (6 term House, or 2 term Senate) will be the catalyst for
change. Currently, lawmakers' clocks tick upwards of years spent in office, whereas with term limits, the clock will tick
backwards of time remaining in office.
3. Security: Security is an umbrella to include border protection and our Armed Forces. Our personnel need the resources and equipment to execute the mission set by our political leadership. They risk their lives and make sacrifices, we must support them.
Instead of putting band-aids on the dam of a broken healthcare system, we need ultra-low cost reforms to make healthcare accessible, affordable, and efficient. How? Through free market principles that are desperately missing.
Step one: price transparency. Providers must publish their prices for procedures and similar, so the consumer (patient) can decide based on their values (lowest cost, highest quality, combination, etc).
Step two: eliminate the barrier to access pricing. Currently, we have groups (PPOs) to determine pricing and to access the price. No more, everyone should be able to access the price, in a transparent method, and all additional costs (middlemen, facility fees, etc.) must be clear, upfront, and accountable.
Step three: equal price value: everyone pays the same price for same procedure.
If we focus on healthcare costs, outcomes, and reducing the maze and labyrinth of healthcare, accessibility will be increased. Without cost to the taxpayer
This is the core of our message. Gov't does not create prosperity, it creates the environment for business, people, and families to be successful by getting out of the way. Limited gov't is a key ingredient for success and growth.
Regulations can be burdensome when done in excess and are growth (and job) killing. Regulations must be scaled back and we applaud Pres. Trump's plan to eliminate 2 regulations for every 1 added.
Taxes must be cleaner, simpler, and less burdensome as well. Although the recently passed GOP tax plan is helpful in reducing the outrageous corporate tax to a more competitive 20%, our tax system needs significant work. Our proposal is to move to a fair tax which is consumption based. Eliminate the income tax, eliminate the payroll tax, and eliminate the IRS. The States will collect the consumption (sales tax) for the Fed Gov't. Progressive tax systems do not work.
Then we shall see significant private sector growth.
Bachelors in Business Administration
Double Major: Finance and Marketing
Minor: Public Relations
Owner of Multiple Sit Means Sit Dog Training Franchises
Board Member - The Go Team Therapy Dogs
Executive Advisor Committee for Sheriff Gonzales
Franchise Working Group Representative Southern Region
Real Estate Investor and Developer
Committee Chair-Bike 2 the Beach Houston
Charity Auctioneer Advocate through Art
Hurricane Harvey Rescuer
Donate Dog Training to BARC
Bite Prevention Safety Children, USPS, & Schools.
Supporter Autism Speaks, Child Assessment Center,BARC, Alzheimer
The first issue is Jobs and Economy. By improving our infrastructure including transportation we will increase jobs with living wages locally to allow our children and grandchildren to stay close to home. We must request a study from the Corp of Engineers on our current infrastructure, including our dam and reservoirs. A proposed solution taking into account our future growth to allow us to not only improve our district but also our City. I will also protect our environment and our City Green Spaces.
The second issue is Healthcare for Children. I will fight to ensure every child has the opportunity for health care and ensure CHIP has no funding delays.
The third issue is Equality for All. I will fight for equality for all. While in D.C. I am prepared to fight for the rights of all our citizens. Here in Houston I will work on uniting and stopping the divide that is only hurting the people. We will work together and focus on building this city as Texans as we did during Harvey.
The answer to this question is neither direct or immediate. Instead we must continue to grow and adapt the blue print that Obama made with the affordable health care act. While not perfect it can be adjusted to become a great solution. We must protect and strengthen Medicare. We will not progress as a society if everyone has insurance but are unable afford the medical bills or the deductibles. We must make insurance affordable for everyone. As a society cannot grow if we do not help those in need. We must ensure everyone has an opportunity to receive proper healthcare.
The Federal Government should be involved in fostering jobs at all levels. As your next Congressman, I will work hard for the working families of Texas. I will create a jobs leadership team in Texas’ 2nd District by bringing together labor leaders, business leaders, community leaders, public officials, senior citizens, veterans, students, republicans, democrats and individuals interested in discussing ways to create more jobs in Texas.
BBA, Texas Tech University, Class of 1988
Executive Vice President, Maxor National Pharmacy Services, Jul 1991-Jan 2002
Executive Director, The Lanier Law Firm, Jan 2002-Present
Deacon, Champion Forest Baptist Church
Member, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Houston Realty Business Coalition, Klein ISD Career and Technical Education Advisory Council, Community Advisory Council for Lone Star College - University Parks
The top priority for anyone representing this district must be to start cutting through the red tape of Washington and state agencies on behalf of our neighbors, especially those who are still dealing with the impacts of Hurricane Harvey. FEMA, Congress, and the GLO have been way too slow to get the dollars needed to help with the recovery. But it’s not enough to put things back the way they were – we need to be focused on solutions that stop this cycle of flooding in our communities. Our reputation as one of best parts of the country to live in depends on us not choosing to do the same things over and over again and expecting a different result. That’s why I plan to focus on getting more dollars to help prepare our infrastructure for the future and improve flood mitigation as well as supporting both Harris County Judge Ed Emmett’s plan and the Lake Houston Chamber’s plan.
Above all, the American people need to have options for choosing healthcare options that suit their needs. Rather than expand options in the marketplace, Obamacare reduced them and, in turn, caused prices to rise so fast, people could not afford the few options available to them. Instead, we need federal rules to allow for buying insurance across state lines, individuals and small businesses to be able to band together in Associated Health Plans so they can then negotiate for health coverage like corporations and labor unions are able, and we need to allow people to save or spend dollars tax free on their health care premiums. Another major issue that must be addressed is the rising drug prices, which is a major component of health insurance. We need to be demanding reform at the FDA to bring drugs to market more quickly and allowing generics to be brought to the marketplace more easily that we do now.
I believe in the power of the American free market. It is important that Washington DC is focused on getting government out of the way – not regulate the market to death. I met with a small business owner just the other day who told me that his company is paying $14,000 per year, per employee – just in compliance costs. The attitude of the Obama administration, which regulated the economy to death, is why we saw such anemic growth during his time in office. In Texas, we have taken the opposite approach and maintain a low tax, low regulation environment that has repeatedly delivered more growth and opportunities than any state in the nation.
BS Psychology, UH Main
BS Sociology, UH Main
MBA, West Texas A&M
Behavioral Science Researcher at MD Anderson Cancer Center
Health Education Specialist, MDACC
Battleground Texas TX FLIP 2017 Fellow
New American Leaders Project 2017 Fellow
Young Democrats of America Texas Delegate
Association of Women, Malaysia: Project and volunteer coordinator for Kuala Lumpur's largest women's charitable organization
Land Use Advisory Committee, City of Sugar Land
Healthcare: The simplest most cost-effective solution is to open the Medicare system to all U.S. workers. The public option combined with a new statutory ability to negotiate drug costs will lower healthcare costs for all Americans while preserving the ability of our biomedical and pharma companies to remain competitive on the international stage. Education: I will propose the Education for All Act:Making student loans completely tax-deductible;Placing student loan repayments on equal footing with retirement savings, by making all student loan payments tax deductible;Providing funding for universal pre-k and matching grants for after school programs in STEM;Increasing educators after tax income through a special tax credit for classroom teachers and educators;Increasing educational options by broadening the vocational and technical classes. Infrastructure and post-Harvey remediation:Repair/rebuild Barker & Addicks reservoirs,3rd floodwater dam along cypress creek; Ike Dike;home buyouts
Medicare for all is the best approach to broadening the base of insured individuals and lower the cost of care for all Americans. Further we should increase funding for the FTC and the DOJ to go after local monopolies under the existing Robinson-Patman act so people are not jammed up by surprise hospital costs.
Job creation is primarily related to the health of small and medium sized businesses in the economy. To foster the creation of small and mid-sized businesses I believe we must do three things: Simplify regulations, deter anti-competitive behavior, and foster job creation through portable benefits. Simplify regulations: Too many Small and mid-sized firms cannot employ the experts needed to compete with large businesses regarding healthcare benefits. By allowing businesses to use Medicare as their primary healthcare option for their employees we can allow business owners to focus on growing their companies. Deter-anticompetitive behavior: We need to protect small and mid-sized businesses from the anticompetitive behavior of large industries. Portable benefits:
Only 36% of American workers have access to and are saving within a 401(k) plan. By making Medicare the default healthcare provider workers can leave for better paying jobs, or to create their own businesses.
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Texas A&M, B.S., Engineering Technology - Industrial Distribution
Investing in cutting edge new startups and 18 years in the semi-conductor manufacturing industry
Volunteer and Financial Supporter of the Children’s Assessment Center, Volunteer and Financial Supporter for Concerned Women for America, Volunteer with and Member of Second Baptist Church, Volunteer with local missions and children’s ministries
1. I’ll fight to rebuild our infrastructure - our roads, bridges and flood control infrastructure. I will work to expedite the efforts of federal, state, and local governments to ensure the risk of flooding from storms, like Hurricane Harvey, are prevented.
2. I’ll protect our valuable energy industry that has turned our state and nation into an energy-rich success, created hundreds of thousands of jobs and made our nation more secure.
3. I’ll work to get our economy moving by cutting taxes and regulations, so families can keep more of their money.
I will work to decrease the cost of healthcare so people can actually afford good insurance for them and their family. I want people to have access to keep their doctor and purchase the most comprehensive insurance they can afford.
The federal government should cut red tape and regulations on businesses to allow the economy to flourish so more jobs can be created.
B.A. History with Honors, North Carolina State University,
B.S. Mechanical/Aerospace Engineering with Honors, North Carolina State University,
J.D. (law), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
I have worked in the private sector for more than 25 years representing many businesses. I have also served as a director of a large privately held company that exported around the world. In short, I know what makes the economy grow and creates jobs.
I have been very active in my local homeowner's association and served on the Board of Directors for several years. This involved a significant time commitment. I have also volunteered for a number of candidates for judge and governor.
The most significant issue facing the United States and this district is the extraordinary explosion of the federal deficit to more than $20 trillion. I believe that significant reduction/elimination of the federal deficit can be achieved if Congress looks at every budget item. I would have a staffer that would have this task. Specific examples of budget items that could be removed are allowing the federal government to negotiate discounts on prescriptions. This would save about $40 billion per year. Another reduction should be ending the federal pension for new employees. This would save around $15-20 billion per year. Finally, I would require the federal government to honor state permits for oil and gas exploration. This would add billions to the Treasury because the state process is much quicker.. I would also reform intellectual property law to correct a "glitch" that is allowing tens of thousands of jobs to be sent overseas. I would also get funding for flood control.
As a candidate with a pre-existing condition, I am particularly aware of this issue. The state based system of allowing insurance companies to sell insurance in a particular state is old and outdated. In the present day, any organization that would like to allow its members to purchase insurance from instate and out-of-state insurance providers should be permitted to do so. Insurance is expensive for those with pre-existing conditions because their individual risk is higher than that of the general population. If the group of people in the pool is a broad cross-section of the general population, the average risk should allow a premium for everyone that is affordable. This would allow the same premiums for those with pre-existing conditions and those participants with good health. For example, I am a life-time member of an organization of Eagle Scouts. Why can't this organization, which has tens of thousands of members, both young and old, provide health insurance to solve this problem?
The federal government should not pick winners and losers. Federal law should provide a level playing field for all participants and allow the marketplace to decide the winner. A specific improvement to intellectual property law that I would fight for would be to legislatively fix a "glitch" in patent law that is causing significant offshoring, also known as "sending American jobs to foreign countries," of tens of thousands of American jobs in the software industry. This problem has also prevented the creation of an unknown number (but likely a huge number) of American jobs and severely damaged investment in startup companies. It is Congress' job to fix these problems and I pledge to do so.