As a father, I also believe in the strictest possible legislation to protect our families from sex offenders, on-line child predators, and DUI violators. As a practicing physician, I find it imperative to rid our communities of drug abuse and the criminals who distribute these drugs on our streets. We need to strive for severe penalties for drug dealers, rehabilitation for those who seek help from addiction, and a stronger family unit that will help educate and protect our children from this growing vice.
I will be focused on attracting jobs to the district and cutting wasteful government expenditures in Frankfort. Kentucky has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Taxpayers deserve to have a voice in Frankfort who is not afraid to stand up for more transparency and who will work hard to cut wasteful programs so money is used more efficiently.
Currently, Kentucky is not a business friendly state. When times were good, we routinely lost opportunities to neighboring states with a better tax structure than we have. Many of those states are still financially strong despite a bad national economy. Kentucky should not waste its time in making unnecessary mistakes and learning from them. We need to follow the lead of those states that are already successful.
If elected, I would propose legislation to place a constitutional amendment for medical liability tort reform before the voters of Kentucky. 68% of Kentuckians support the idea of capping medical malpractice claims for pain and suffering. Unfortunately, our current senator has not given the voters the opportunity to speak out against medical junk lawsuits. Instead, while our legislators fail to act, Kentucky has fallen behind the rest of the country on tort reform and continues to see a steady erosion and departure of medical specialists to neighboring states. Medical liability insurance is up over 200% for emergency department doctors and up over 64% for obstetrician/gynecologists. Over 1/4 of the physicians surveyed by the Kentucky Medical Association in 2005 were considering leaving the state due to this issue. Is it any wonder why there is a shortage of 2,500 doctors in Kentucky?
As a practicing physician who sees patients with Medicaid and deals with physicians who see Medicaid patients, I am intently aware of the abuses of our medical system by both physicians and patients. I am also cognizant of the increasing medical needs of our families. We currently have NO physicians in our State Senate to handle the onslaught of complex medical problems facing our commonwealth in the years to come. I am humbly asking for your vote of confidence to tackle this pressing issue.
Kentucky should ally itself with the automotive industry and begin establishing ethanol and bio-diesel production plants throughout our commonwealth. We would be able to use agricultural byproducts and coal to produce this alternative fuel, which would not only benefit our environment, but also help our country by providing us some independence from foreign sources of energy. Ethanol and bio-diesel production may help attract the automotive industry and its research to Kentucky along with more attractive higher paying jobs.