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New Jersey US House District 12

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    Kenneth J. Cody
    (O)

  • Edward "NJ Weedman" Forchion
    (O)

  • Mark Razzoli
    (Rep)

  • Bonnie Watson Coleman
    (Dem)

Biographical Information

What on-going role do you envision for the federal government in combating the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and preparing for future pandemics?

What are your top three policy priorities? Please explain.

What is your economic recovery plan?

What, if any steps, should our nation take to reform our health care policies?

What measures do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

Website http://cody-for-congress.tripod.com/index.htm
Qualifications/Experience Previously ran for Congress in 2010, 2012, 2014. Currently working in customer service and the non-profit sector.
It is very disappointing that COVID-19 has become a political debate between Republicans and Democrats. We need to work together to solve this crisis. Currently, with no vaccine the federal government has to put the people first not politics and distribute as much Personal Protective Equipment “PPE” as needed to individuals. We must expand COVID testing and make it available to everyone so we can pinpoint where the virus is and better control areas of surges. This is a global crisis so with coordination of other countries we can work to help to find a vaccine that is safe and that we can distribute. To combat current and future pandemics more than ever Medicare-for-All is needed. Since April of 2020 nearly thirty million Americans lost their job due to the pandemic and with it, they lost their employer health insurance. I believe health coverage should be a right. Even if you lost your job you should never have to sacrifice your health. Medicare-for-All will cover you at any time.
Campaign Finance Reform, Medicare-for-All and Ending Regime Change Wars.

My campaign believes in strict campaign finance reform. In the election of 2018 Congressional candidates spent $5.7 billion dollars from contributions and PACs. I self-fund my campaign and have never accepted a dime from a contribution. Each election should have a set limit of funding.

We need to pass legislation to support Medicare-for-All. If we had M4A in place years ago we may have had a better response to COVID. More facilities and equipment would have been available that may have saved more lives. The benefits converting to this system will lower health care costs and a healthier nation.

Another priority of my campaign is ending regime change wars. We are nearing 20 years of war in Afghanistan and spending four billion dollars a month. Almost 2,400 soldiers have died and over 20,000 wounded. I want to bring our solders home and reallocate the funding spent and put it towards other programs.
The pandemic has hurt Americans financially. Millions of people have lost their job who already were living paycheck to paycheck. To start the recovery process, I would pass another emergency stimulus bill to assist our citizens to help with their financial burden. I would then want to sponsor legislation that would supply Americans with a monthly one-thousand-dollar family UBI (Universal Basic Income). This was a topic brought up by Andrew Yang during the Presidential debates. I believe this will help our economy grow over time and help families get financially stable. I also know that small businesses have been hit hard during COVID-19. I will support more attainable loans and lower tax rates for small businesses so it can help them get back on their feet again. The UBI can help make our economy stronger which will help with job growth in America.
I would replace the affordable care act with Medicare-for-All. We are at a critical time and dealing with a pandemic. I believe that changing to a single-payer system would be beneficial. Everyone under this plan would be covered. Healthcare should be a right to all. Families would not have to worry about losing coverage or putting aside surgeries because of financial issues. Many other countries have had success under this plan. Medicare-for-All will make our country healthier, serve the people better and in the end save more lives.
There are several ways we can improve our voting system and make it more secure. I believe we should implement a voter-verifiable paper record for voting machines. This way we have a backup record of all votes throughout the country. We should provide federal funding to have old voting machines replaced with new ones so that our votes are tabulated correctly without controversy. We need accurate up to date voter registration data to make sure there is no abusing of power during the voting process.
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