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Utah Congressional District 3

Utah's 3rd Congressional District is located in southern and eastern Utah and includes the cities of Orem and Provo.

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    Thomas G. McNeil
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    Devin D. Thorpe
    (Dem)

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Campaign Mailing Address 1072 N 1000 East
Orem, UT 84097
Campaign Email Address tmcneill@mcneillforutah.com
Campaign Phone (801) 223-9819
Current Employment Apex EDI Orem, Utah
Education Ph.D. in Computer Science, BYU
Campaign Website https://www.mcneillforutah.com/
I am committed to be a public servant and not a partisan warrior. I am not a member of a major party, and I have no conflict between doing what is best for the people of the 3rd District and what is best for my career as a member of Congress.

I have no need to try to defend indefensible positions of my party, to protect the administration if it is of my party, or attack the administration if it is of a different party. I have no need to cater to extreme primary voters. My only concern is the well-being of the people of the 3rd District.

If all parties were willing to simply get together to work something out, it would be possible to develop reasonable solutions to put Social Security on a stable financial footing, address health care, immigration, use of excessive force by the police, or the budget deficit. I am committed to be part of the solution.
Health insurance is vital because health care needs are not predictable, and the costs can be astronomical. Without health insurance, many lucky families might be fine, but others might be financially devastated by illness or accident.

Health care should be available to everyone via private insurance, regulated by the government, rather than by government insurance, such as “Medicare for all.”

Young adults up to age 26 should be eligible for coverage on their parents’ policies.

Pre-existing conditions should be covered, but for this to happen, coverage must be universal, meaning that everyone would be required to have health insurance. Those who do not want to purchase coverage would have the option to opt out, but opting out would be permanent.

Health care legislation should be non-partisan. It should be a compromise that has broad support, providing the basis for stable, predictable conditions that are essential for the economy and families to prosper.
In a democracy, it is the job of the government to serve the people – all the people, not just a powerful few. It is a fact that the government is run by politicians, and politicians depend on campaign finances to be elected. In the current system, with few meaningful restrictions on campaign contributions, the bulk of money used to promote candidates and parties comes from powerful people, while the bulk of the voters have very little influence. Corporations and wealthy individuals spend large amounts of money to influence policies that affect them financially. Meaningful limits on campaign contributions would require candidates to seek the support of many more people. They would tend to make politicians more responsive to the individual voters that it is their job to represent.
In the Centers for Disease Control, the country has a magnificent resource with deep knowledge about how to respond to pandemics. They have always known that a pandemic comparable to the 1918 “Spanish Flu” was coming. Unfortunately, the response to the pandemic has been politicized based on the strange notion that minimizing the response to the pandemic would help the administration to win a second term. The result has been that while the United States has 4% of the world population, it has experienced 21% of the deaths. We should be leading in control of pandemic, not leading in deaths!

To prepare for the next pandemic, the United States should do the following: Take the politics out of the response. Stockpile PPE. Anticipate another air-borne pandemic. Coordinate the response at the national level. Restore trust in vaccines, which needs to happen in general. What if we have an effective vaccine, but not enough people agree to receive it?
Campaign Email Address devin@devinthorpe.com
Campaign Phone (801) 747-9575
Twitter @devindthorpe
Education Devin Thorpe earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Utah and earned a graduate degree from Cornell University.
Campaign Website https://www.devinthorpe.com/
For nearly a decade, I have worked to eradicate extreme poverty, improve global health, and reverse climate change. There are serious issues facing our country right now and we need experienced leaders that understand the values of the district and aren’t afraid to tackle these issues head-on. I am running to represent the people of Utah’s 3rd District to bring innovative, bipartisan solutions to reverse climate change, ensure universal access to quality health care, and eradicate poverty. I am also fighting to get dark money out of politics and have vowed never to accept corporate PAC donations. I will work for the people of Utah to ensure a better future for everyone—I won’t work for special interest or be constrained by partisan politics.
The pandemic is revealing deep flaws in our healthcare system. As one who is insured through the ACA, I am a defender of it and painfully aware of its deficiencies. The ACA has made health insurance available to millions of Americans who were uninsured, or like me, under-insured. But many who are insured still cannot afford their deductible and end up delaying treatment. We must decrease costs while protecting the most significant provisions of the ACA: coverage of pre-existing conditions, premium subsidies and Medicaid expansion. We must also work to lower the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs. I believe there are any number of solutions available, including a public option, locking insurance premiums and deductibles to household income, enabling the federal government to negotiate drug prices, etc. Inaction is not action on healthcare. I will work every day in Congress to ensure every Utahn has access to quality affordable health care.
At the beginning of my campaign for Congress, I made the difficult choice not to ever take any corporate PAC money. This is in a district where corporate PACs have given hundreds of thousands of dollars in donations. I am proud that my campaign is built on hundreds of small donations-- our average donation is $160. In order to have a government by the people, for the people, I believe we must reduce the role of money in our elections, especially corporate PAC money and dark money. I believe we must shine light on lobbying groups, curb the power of special interest groups, institute campaign finance reform, and put the public back in the driver’s seat of government. I also support stricter enforcement of existing bans on coordination between candidates and super PACs.
I am continually impressed with the sacrifices that everyday Americans are making as we continue to deal with this effects of this highly contagious virus. Our health care workers and front line workers are continuing to risk their lives to provide the best care, and some of the top scientists are devoting all of their resources to decoding the effects of this novel virus and developing a vaccine. At the same time, the pandemic has revealed some deep flaws in health care system and our social safety net. Far too many Americans have lost their employer provided health insurance when they were laid off and are unable to afford temporary health insurance. Many are facing eviction because their unemployment benefits have failed to cover their basic expenses. We should not have to rely on Congress taking action to pass emergency relief packages. We should have a social safety net program that can kick in during a crisis that will better enable Americans to weather a recession.