|League of Women Voters of Ohio
The questions were prepared by the League of Women Voters of Ohio and asked of all candidates for this office.
Read the answers from all candidates.
1. What specific measures would you support to increase equal access to health care?
I voted for patient protection legislation which included: the prohibition of "gag rules"; guaranteed access to emergency medical care; direct access to OB/GYN and pediatricians; and the creation of an independent appeals process for patients denied medical care. With health insurance rapidly becoming too expensive for the average working family, the most important patient protection is access to affordable, quality health care. That's why I introduced legislation to make health insurance premiums fully tax deductible.
2. What measures would you support to reform our campaign finance system?
I have been a strong supporter of campaign finance reform I have supported legislative initiatives that would ban unlimited soft money contributions, increase campaign disclosure requirements, reduce maximum PAC contribution levels, require labor unions and corporations to receive permission from employees before taking money from their paychecks for political activity, and require a majority of funds be raised from home districts. I voted to require full disclosure of political activities by Section 527 groups.
3. Should the US pay its dues to the UN in full?
As one of 185 member nations, the US is assessed 25 percent of the UN budget and billed for 31.7 percent of UN peacekeeping costs. The US contributed an additional $4.8 billion for UN peacekeeping missions that was not counted toward the US assessment. As Congress considers this issue, we should insist on substantial reforms at the UN such as trimming high salaries including the pension of a suspected Nazi war criminal.
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