Healthcare reform:

Universal healthcare is inevitable, like it or not, as society is demanding it as a moral obligation and privilege of modern developed society. An organized, preemptive healthcare system is less expensive and more efficient than the current haphazard, fall back to the lowest denominator system. Covering people without insurance, demanded by law, Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) is more expensive than providing them with insurance upfront. Healthcare is needed for people to remain productive, self-sufficient and happy. With that said we must improve the quality of care and efficiency/effectiveness, streamline formularies as well as treatment and medication protocols, reduce middle-man costs, secure coverage for everyone, and assure mental healthcare is available to everyone that needs it. As a physician, I know how to accomplish these goals. The free market system works great for those that have the money to afford it, but what about the 382,000 Kansas who live below the poverty level and simply cannot afford insurance?  I have a patient with traumatic brain injury from an auto accident.  He must live on Social Security Disability $785 per month.  After rent and utilities, he has very little to buy food let alone health insurance and medicines.

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.