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you vote for me!
Congressional District 22
Office: U. S. Representative
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The press keeps asking to both, Roberts
and Shaw, the same questions: Rx Drugs and SS. Quite important
topics though, but not much else is asked.
Ř The press is not being inquisitive on WHY Roberts and Shaw are pro
"war against Iraq", nor WHY they do
not see the "plight of the Palestinians".
All 3,000,000 Arabs in the West Bank are portrayed as terrorists.
Ř No one is expressing his or her views on HOW to "invigorate
the economy". Or HOW are we going to deal with the economic
shock caused by the "awakening of China”.
Ř Even if Immigrants and working families are not as potent
(as a voting block as Seniors) they also have issues and concerns that
should be addressed.
Ř A lot of young families cannot afford a medical plan, nor Rx
drugs, and they have children who need preventive care attention. Despite
all the problems with seniors’ coverages, the elders are well ahead of
the other groups.
I am pro a NATIONAL MEDICAL and PRESCRIPTIONS
PLAN that would cover ALL. Oregon alone will not be able to
do it (is on the ballot over there). Universal coverage is affordable
(less than 10% of GPD) in Canada and Europe.
We spend more than 15% GDP in our system and
it leaves out more than 40 million Americans (70 million not covered for
With costs soaring and the economy going down, it is estimated that the
national health care bill will reach 19% of
GDP by 2003. Expect premiums to go up, and more millions of our people to
be left out. SOMETHING DRASTIC NEEDS TO BE DONE !! The usual band-aid will
not do anymore!
We need to re-design our systems of Government. I have been a pioneering
System's Analyst ( www.1stToNone.com
). To get to Universal Care we need to deal with three main obstacles:
· (1) AMA: the American Medical
Association blocks quite capable students from becoming physicians.
Studies suggest we should have 3-times as many medical students (300%
increase). Roberts has a husband and two sons who are MDs,
another son is a Dentist. AMA will tie her hands down. I could have
studied Medicine in Spain and decided not then, I tried to do that later
in America and I could not (despite being an honor student who always
graduated on the top 5% of the class). My Puerto Rican ex-wife -Olga-is a
talented Therapist, we met in Spain when she went there to study Medicine
because in America she could not be accepted, due to unnecessarily
stringent -and often ludicrous- requirements. My son Ryan will be an
Optometrist next summer. He wanted to be a Doctor, but he is a good
looking guy who got a little bit distracted in Junior High, yet he is very
good student and was chosen President of the student body. The AMA is a
very powerful group that has been very effective getting their
professionals to a "God" status in the USA. It has to be
changed, or many of us will not be able to afford to go to a Doctor.
· (2) PHARMA: We need to deal with
Pharmaceuticals. After eleven re-elections and corresponding
fundraising efforts, Shaw is up to his neck with influence, and he
cannot do much. We need more generics and more accountability. They
spend too much in marketing and in political action committees. I must say
that their investment has paid them handsomely. There are no TERM
LIMITS in Congress, yet you should tell Clay Shaw to pack his bags!
· (3) TORT REFORM: Finally, we need
to tackle malpractice insurance, and those many Trial Attorneys in the
Democratic Party will not allow Carol to do much, even if she
wanted. Corporate lawyers in the Republican Party also immobilize Clay.
That is another reason why I decided to run as NPA (independent).
Only a fraction of those below 40 years of age do
vote, and that is terrible! The needs of our working families are been