Healthcare:

Overhaul Medicaid so we can extend care to additional needy Kansan’s without raising taxes
Incorporate the “Direct Primary Care” model to make healthcare affordable to middle-income Kansan’s
Target fraud and abuse that leads to wasteful public spending
Negotiate provider education trade for placement in underserved areas
Ensure rural and inner-city healthcare availability including mental healthcare.

Education:

Form regional teacher advisory councils to determine school finding needs assessment formulas
Replace “assembly-line” education with customization per student needs approach
Bring up teacher salaries to regional norms and fully fund classroom paraprofessionals
Revitalize urban and rural education starting with school lunch/food overhaul.

Agriculture:

Create greater crop yields, higher nutritional value crops, reduced erosion, reduced wed, disease and insect present through better scientific technologies
Improve water use efficiency resulting in reduced water utilization while increasing crop/animal yields
Implement real farm sustainability and diversification including greater farm profits.

 

Education:

Education is the foundation of a free and prosperous society. Education directly relates to health status, job employability, social responsibility, cultural appreciation and societal contribution. Education level correlates to earnings potential and taxes paid back to society. We must revitalize Kansas public education through appropriate funding, classroom equipping, staff maintenance, and program goal setting. One way or the other, we will pay; either by way of more crime, more jails and policing costs, lower employability and higher health care costs or by appropriate finding of education. Pay me now or pay me later.

Economy and Jobs:

Education is the foundation to stimulating the economy by providing better employability and better skills for people to start their own businesses if they desire. Small businesses are the primary employers, not large corporate behemoths, and our legislative policies must make it easiest for small businesses to start and succeed in Kansas. Every employer knows that employee training and education are key to the success of the employee and consequently the employer. Every employer knows that such education and training will and do cost money. But all the tax breaks in the world aren’t going to help if there aren’t educated workers to hire.

Environment:

A prosperous economy does not need to compromise the environment.  It is not a matter of having either a prosperous economy or a pristine environment.  It is a matter of simple math and chemistry.  Both sides of the equation must be balanced for the process to work properly. Edison fought Tesla tooth and nail to prevent alternating current electricity from becoming standard which it eventually did.  Edison had a financial interest in this matter, his own personal profitability.  We have the technology to operate a much cleaner society, but the standard industrial complex, like Edison,  lacks social responsibility to implement much of the required technology, some that has existed for decades.  Appropriate technology leads to higher paying jobs, cleaner businesses, a more healthful environment and lower healthcare costs and ultimately a more prosperous society.

Social Issues:

Pregnancy Termination – As a physician, I took an oath to first do no harm and sometimes in emergency or combat situations that means choosing between one life or another. I am both pro-life and pro-choice depending upon the circumstances.

Marriage:

It is easy for people to invoke religious beliefs and prejudicial biases into the discussion. Though our founding fathers based many of their decision on judo-christian thought, they specifically exclude religious law from the Constitution. Marriage in every state of the US requires a license to be recognized by the State for purposes of ownership, responsibilities, taxes, inheritance and government adjudication. Likewise, to get out of a “marriage contract” one must have the “contract” adjudicated and terminated by a court of law, not a church or religious court. This is a matter of “contract law.” The Constitution guarantees EVERY person the right of contract. As such marriage by the State is an issue of contract law, NOT religious law. What one does in his/her church is his/her business. What one does with the State is an issue of the Constitution, specifically right of contract Article I, Section 10. Everyone is to be equal under the law.

Taxes and budget:

There is only so much money to go around; we first have to overhaul some of our public programs as they are terribly wasteful, starting with Medicaid. Our two biggest state budget items are education and healthcare. Though the national economy went up, Kansas state revenue went down under the current administration/legislature. We must both overhaul the public waste and restore sufficient state revenue to the budget. This starts first with mending party antagonism, negotiation, finding common ground, and engaging all Kansans.

Child Health:

One important issue not addressed by any other candidate in Kansas, democrat, independent or republican, is the endemic crisis of developmental delay diagnoses in our children. 26% of all children today are classified a developmentally delayed ranging from autism to ADD all of which require by Federal law, special needs learning programs. This is an issue that threatenes to collapse our society as we know it. 27% of developmental delayed persons from 24-65 are unemployed, many unemployable. Of those not classified as developmentally delayed, per Lt. General Mark Hartling (see TED talk) only 25% of 18-24 year-olds qualify to join the military; 60% of new recruits cannot pass the PT test day one. If we continue the current trend, by 2030 we potentially have 50% of all school aged children classified as developmentally delayed, which more than doubles the current state education financing budget per student!