Occupation: Member of Congress, Ohio 6th District.
Past offices held: None.
1.With the national unemployment rate still around 8 percent, what specifically can you do as a member of Congress to help more Americans find work?
There are three actions we should take in order to start positively impacting job creation.
a. We have to promote and invest in domestic energy production. Eastern and Southeastern Ohio are primed and ready to be a hub of energy production. While Barack Obama's decision to not allow the hundreds of thousands of jobs and the millions of barrels of oil that we would have received had he approved of the Keystone XL Pipeline, I'll continue to fight for America's natural gas and coal industries. That's why I'm proud to have sponsored the "Stop the War On Coal" Act that passed the U.S. House recently with bi-partisan support.
b. We must pursue regulatory reform to stop unelected bureaucrats from imposing arbitrary rules that strangle job creation. I've authored legislation to stop the Department of Interior from effectively killing thousands of coal jobs - and thousands more jobs that depend on coal. I've also supported legislation that would require Congress to vote up or down on regulations that could negatively impact jobs rather than having the Obama Administration unilaterally enact them without taking their economic impact into consideration.
c. Pursuing comprehensive tax reform is also vital. That's why I support legislation called the "Tax Code Elimination Act" that would sunset the current tax code and replace it with a fairer, simpler and flatter one with lower rates for every single hardworking American taxpayer. Americans will spend an estimated $431 billion this year just to comply with the federal tax code, a code that contains about four million words, has been changed nearly 4,000 times since 2001. Our current tax code is overly cumbersome, complex, and stifles economic growth. It should be done away with.
2.What adjustments do you feel should be made to the Affordable Health Care Act and why? What should be kept, tweaked or discarded?
One of my first votes after being sworn into office was to repeal President Obama's new health care law, "Obamacare."
Obamacare places unelected bureaucrats in charge of making health care decisions, cuts Medicare by 716 billion dollars, and is one of the biggest tax hikes in American history. While the Democrat-controlled Senate is unlikely to follow the House's lead in voting to repeal this costly federal takeover of our nation's health care system, I will continue to work to repeal this dangerous new law and replace it with patient-centered solutions.
For example, we should provide incentives for Americans to invest pre-tax dollars into Health Savings Accounts (HSA), so we can pay for much of our routine health care from the HSA at costs much lower than a massive health insurance policy.
Also, in order to make health care more affordable and available for all Americans, I'm supporting legislation called the "HEALTH Act" that would bring meaningful medical liability reform to our health care system by stopping frivolous lawsuits - one of the primary reasons health care is so expensive. This legislation would lower costs and save billions of tax dollars by reducing the need for defensive medicine.
I'm also working to advance legislation called the "Health Care Choice Act" that would eliminate Washington insurance mandates by providing Americans the freedom to purchase health care just like we do other insurance products: across state lines, online, by phone, or through their hometown insurance agent. The bill would increase choice and lower costs through increased competition.
Unfortunately, the small improvements to our health care system that were part of the President's health care bill came at great expense to the taxpayers, and did not fix the underlying problems with the health care system. Consequently, there are pieces of Obamacare that merit consideration and should be passed as stand-alone upgrades to our health care system. These include: prohibiting insurance companies from denying coverage for those Americans with preexisting conditions; and, allowing young adults to remain on their parents' health insurance plan until age 26.