Jonathan Paton’s top three priorities:
“Immigration. Health care. Fiscal / economy.”
Paton says he’ll give “a real answer” to the health care question.
“The health care bill has not been funded; essentially, it’s on credit at the moment,” he said. An appropriations bill to fund the legislation isn’t likely before January, when the new Congress is seated.
If the Republicans get 39 seats, “we’ll have the ability to strip every one of those provisions out that funds it,” Paton said. “They won’t be able to enforce it, or have compliance. We need 39 seats to do that. The first 30 are easy. Congressional District 8 is the 39th seat. Win it, we take over Congress. That’s what this election is really going to boil down to.”
Paton sees two simultaneous problems with health care and its financing in America.
“A, how do you make people healthier? B, how do you reduce costs? This is a complex problem. The entire system is geared to pay for procedures. Medicare drives the train.” Providers “don’t get paid to get people healthier,” and they have no incentives to do so. Instead, they are paid for performing procedures. Paton advocates some form of reward for providers who improve an individual’s health, and save the system money over the long term.
“No other country does it our way,” Paton said. “The rest of the world pays on the basis of getting people better.”
He backs health insurance sales across state lines, tax credits for companies that provide wellness care, and a way to make it “as easy as possible” through market incentives for people to buy health insurance. He believes the number of uninsured who are unable to buy insurance is inflated. “The health care bill tries to use this government juggernaut to solve a much smaller problem, and the bureaucracy is going to cost business an incredible amount of money to maintain.”
Adjustments need to be made in Medicare and Social Security, Paton believes. “We know young people today are not going to receive Social Security” unless it is restructured. “Give them the ability, a portion of their payroll taxes, and invest it in something else.”
He wants to eliminate Congress’ ability to use the Social Security trust fund in balancing its budget. “Use that to make Social Security solvent.
“We have to live up to our obligations with people who have paid into the system,” Paton said. “There is a lot of other discretionary spending we need to reduce.”
He does not support tax increases.
“The government’s too big as it is, and we could substantially reduce it,” he said.
Jesse Kelly’s top three priorities:
“Repeal Obamacare. Stop out of control spending. Secure the border.” He’s got others, too, but those are his top three.
What’s wrong with the new health care law? “Is ‘everything’ too short of an answer?” Kelly replies.
America has “the finest health care system in the world,” Kelly believes. “The solution is not to force one American to buy a product from another American. It’s to get the government out of health care. The system is too expensive.” Regulations are “oppressive.”
Kelly said America has a “health payment problem.” To solve it, he supports the ability to purchase health insurance across state lines. “It’s your money, do with it as you please,” he said. Kelly advocates expansion of health care savings accounts. He wants government to find a way to reduce the cost of bringing a pharmaceutical to market. He wants tort reform. He believes the free market can “bring down the cost of health insurance. Insurance is too expensive because of government involvement. Bring down the costs, and every American will be able to afford health insurance.”
Kelly believes the number of uninsured Americans “has been so inflated.” And, he points out, “every person gets health care. You cannot be denied care.”
On spending, Kelly believes “you spend what you take in, or even less. How’s that for a concept? Period. Period.”
He supports caps on government spending equal to a percentage of Gross Domestic Product. Kelly wants Congress to “fund the constitutionally mandated portion of our government, and that’s it, because there’s nothing left.”
The U.S. has $13 trillion in debt, nearing its annual gross domestic product. “We are Greece, very, very shortly, if we don’t do something.”
Raising taxes would be “the quickest way to finish us off as a nation. The government has completely chased out the business in this nation. It’s gone to China, which understands free market capitalism better than America now.” He blames corporate and capital gains taxes.
“Elect people that don’t care about being a politician, that just love this nation,” Kelly said. “We have to make tough choices, and it is that dire. Unless we elect people with a spine, bankruptcy is what it’s going to be.”