With almost 20 years of experience in emergency medicine, including ems and as a RN, I understand first hand the challenges of our current healthcare system. I fought COVID on the Frontlines. I was there for Ebola, MERS, Swine flu, and other emergencies. There are many issues in healthcare I will address in Congress; below is a brief overview of just some of those issues.
My first priority will be addressing COVID-19. I will make certain vaccines continue to be available. My team and I will work with you to make sure you have answers to all of your COVID -19 related questions. Until this pandemic has passed, we need to continue to follow CDC and common sense guidelines.
It is my moral belief that everyone has the right to healthcare. That does not mean Medicare for all or universal healthcare, but an alternative, affordable plan that actually works. My priority will be to lower the costs of healthcare through accountability. No one should ever make a decision about receiving necessary medication or procedures due to money. The price of medication is absurd. Diabetic patients, for example, are dying because they cannot afford their life saving insulin. I will create more affordable access to primary and preventative healthcare, to include mental health, and I will work to decompress our emergency departments so they can better treat true emergencies.
While in the emergency department, I have witnessed the horrible affects of alcohol and drug addiction in our community. Especially the current opioid crisis. I have a long, proven record in healthcare for increasing identification, treatment, and rehabilitation for those suffering from addiction. By making mental health treatments more affordable and more accessible, we can start to recover from this crisis. I will continue to prioritize mental health, and all healthcare, as your Congressman.
I am also going to implement education on infant CPR for all new parents before leaving the hospital. Currently, before you leave the hospital with your new baby, you need to have the car seat checked for safety. It just makes sense to include basic, non certifying, life saving skills to save your child from choking and other emergencies when you leave the hospital.
Workplace safety for all healthcare personnel will be a top focus of mine while serving as your Congressman. In addition, safe patient ratios has been a discussion in healthcare for many years. It is a discussion about how many patients a healthcare professional can safely care for at the same time. This is a discussion I will continue. I will also work closely with physicians, nurses, administrators, and all health professionals to ensure the best care is being delivered to our community and that our healthcare providers receive the support, equipment, and education they need.
First Responders and Military
I unequivocally back our law enforcement, fire, ems, and military personnel. These individuals risk their lives daily responding to emergency calls. These calls can be dangerous and volatile where lives are in jeopardy. I #backtheblue. I believe that the public safety and the security of our nation should always be the number one priority of government.
I will increase the quality and quantity of training for our first responders. I will make sure they have the proper funding, knowledge, and equipment to safely serve our community. As a former EMT, I know firsthand the challenges of our first responders.
I also firmly believe in accountability. Anyone that commits acts of violence or breaks the law, should be prosecuted justly. This should universally apply to everyone, including those in power. Everyone deserves the right of being innocent until proven guilty.
Those who attack our law enforcement officers will be held accountable. Officers who abuse the privilege of the badge, will likewise be held accountable.
We must come together as a community. Together, is the only way to resolve our issues. Pointing fingers has never solved anything. We all have the same goal. We all want to be treated with equality and respect. Together we can achieve this.
Our men and women that serve in the greatest military in the world, deserve our eternal gratitude. They put their lives on the line so that we can enjoy the freedoms of this great country. I will fight to maintain and increase active duty military and veteran benefits. They fight for us. We need to fight for them.
Congress must have term limits. The president is limited to 2 terms of 4 years. This was put in place because congress felt anyone in power for too long is a risk to our democracy. This is something I firmly agree with and will fight endlessly for. We can no longer have elected officials treating their position as a career. They continue to represent themselves and not the people who voted them into office. Congress has lost sight of their title, representative. We have lost our voice in our own government. If elected, I will put forth legislation to limit terms in congress. I will not stop fighting for what is right. I will never stop fighting for you.
It is my belief that your time in the legislative branch should be treated as a service to your country and to the people you represent. I pledge to serve limited terms as your congressman.
America is a nation of immigrants. We are a melting pot of beautiful cultures and people coming together to achieve the American dream. It’s what makes this country so great. Almost all of us can trace our heritage back to foreign countries.
As one of the world’s last superpowers, we have the responsibility to help those in need. We also have responsibility to protect our country and citizens from those who wish to do us harm. We need to enhance our immigration process and protections at the borders. All are welcome to enter this great nation legally. We need to ensure a more streamlined process to help those seeking legal immigration. Those entering legally can eventually become citizens and enjoy the great freedoms and promises America has to offer.
Those entering the country illegally need to be held accountable under the law. We cannot give benefits and hard-earned American tax dollars to those who break the law. It is a crime to enter the United States illegally and as your congressman I will fight to secure our borders by increasing funding and training for our border patrol agents, create a more streamlined process to enter the country legally, including better COVID testing, and strict background checks to ensure we are not allowing drugs, terrorists, or human traffickers into our country.
We are already fighting COVID, opioids and other drug addictions, human trafficking, and terrorism, we do not need to make this fight harder by allowing mass unregulated immigration.
Bill of Rights
The 1st amendment of the Constitution, grants the right to freedom of speech. I believe the media has the responsibly to display all sides of an issue; not just a singular opinion. A difference of opinion is natural and healthy. We need to be better at respecting opinions of others, so we can have real dialogue and actually solve problems. I have seen all too often people being attacked because they have a different thought. We need to appreciate the views of others and come together to fix the issue. The public discourse should be a marketplace of ideas in which all ideas can be aired and the best ones win. Cancel culture is a severe detriment to the future of our great nation
The 2nd amendment of the Constitution, grants the right to an individual to keep and bear firearms. This is a right that cannot be taken away, and cannot be infringed upon. As a gun owner myself, I agree there must be certain regulations. An example of these regulations would be mental health screenings and increased firearms safety training. I will protect your right to lawfully and responsibly own firearms.
The Covid-19 pandemic has wrecked havoc on our economy. Small businesses have shut down, while big name companies are seeing huge profits. We need to open our restaurants and schools; while still abiding by CDC recommendations with hand washing, mask wearing, and distancing. There is no reason why we can travel on an airplane with hundreds of people, yet we cannot eat at our favorite restaurants, attend school graduations, or enjoy indoor entertainment, just to name a few. These irrational decisions have been based on corrupt politics and not based on scientific facts or common sense.
I fought this pandemic on the front lines. I understand how to protect our community's health, while ensuring economic prosperity. I will put forth legislation to expand SBA loans, and other loans with little to no interest to help our community businesses and individuals recover. This will include legislation that protects the SALT deduction for our communities. I will submit true COVID-19 relief packages that do not contain any other special interest; only the interest of helping Americans recover.
Before we look at raising any taxes, we must first decrease frivolous government spending at home and abroad. We need to take care of America first. I also propose, before even thinking about raising taxes, we cut the salaries of Congress and other government leaders.
I will also put forward legislation that states, Congress will not receive pay during a government shut down. Our federal employees need to be paid first. Congress is to blame for a shut down, not the people. It's time we hold the responsible parties accountable.