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    Lela Konecny
    (Lib)

  • Jerry Paxton
    (Rep)

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Given the cuts to the Wyoming Departments of Health and Family Services already made by Governor Gordon, how would you immediately protect the most vulnerable among us?

Do you support any legislation that may come before the 2021 session of the Legislature that could result in raising revenue? Please explain.

What is your position on “Medicaid expansion” that allows low-income adults to be eligible for healthcare coverage with 90% funding from the Federal government and 10% funding from the State?

Campaign Phone (801) 589-3514
Campaign Email wylela47@gmail.com
Lela Konecny is a true Western Woman. She has worked in the timber industry for 23 years, currently as a quality control manager. She has a unique perspective on the issues our district faces. Lela and her family love Wyoming for the vibrant community, strong values, and beautiful surroundings. Lela is running for State House because she was frustrated with putting her trust in politicians with her vote and seeing no results. Lela will be an active representative that will bring visible change to the district. Lela represents the working people of Wyoming, not the political establishment. Lela is not bound to special interest groups or party bosses. She is beholden only to the people of Wyoming.
We absolutely must accommodate access to affordable healthcare options. Representative Tim Salazar sponsored a bill this year that would open access to prescription drug markets, "to explore opening up state markets for importation of drugs that meet U.S. quality standards". This bill will let Wyoming citizens attain the same cost savings as consumers in other countries, and will create a competitive market to meet the needs of Wyomingites while reducing their costs. I'd also support the expansion of telemedicine, so that doctors can consult with their patients through modern technology, enabling them to see more patients without the need for an in-person visit. These are a few examples of things we can do to reduce costs immediately.
The only way the state can raise revenues is through increased taxation. I will vehemently oppose any new taxes on the people of Wyoming, especially when so many of us are struggling. We must conduct a full audit of Wyoming's budget to eliminate waste, fraud, and abuse. We must innovate our education and infrastructure systems to provide 21st Century services and reduce bureaucratic boundaries for access. We have an obligation as legislators to exhaust all efforts at balancing our budget before we even consider an increase in taxes.
I believe we can lower costs without digging ourselves even further into unmanageable debt. We must allow the purchase of medication and insurance across state lines to create a competitive market for healthcare, which will reduce our out-of-pocket costs. We must also support innovative new forms of healthcare, including expanding access to telemedicine and deregulating certain aspects of our healthcare industry to provide better services at lower costs.
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