As your Senator, I have sponsored legislation to remove burdensome patient restrictions and regulations within our healthcare system. During the more recent 2017 legislative session, I served on the Health & Welfare committee (Vice Chair). This position allows me to take a greater role in the legislative process and to prevent bad policy decisions from being made on the behalf of our medical workers.
As a practicing physician, I am intently aware of the abuses of our medical system carried out by physicians and patients. I routinely see patients with Medicaid and I work with other physicians who see Medicaid patients. I am cognizant of the increasing medical needs of our families. There is a shortage of 2,500 doctors in Kentucky – this pressing issue is one of many that I will work to mend while in office. My top priority is to keep health insurance premiums from crippling our families and our businesses. Such a move could then cause our businesses to lay off local employees.
Breast cancer is a huge problem in our country, affecting one in eight women. When my wife was first diagnosed, our family went through the many ups and downs that accompany a life-threatening verdict. That terrible experience has strengthened my confidence in mammograms and early detection. The costs of screening for some types of cancer are still expensive, but catching the disease early can help tremendously. I will continue to be a voice for prevention and healthy lifestyle choices as well as put forth policy changes to improve the health care options available to us. A well-oiled system will achieve great results for our communities who need help most.
As the owner of a medical practice, I’ve lived through the hardships that small business owners face to keep the doors open. I know what it means to grow a company, meet a payroll, and balance budgets. I also know that all of our counties in the 28th district should receive the resources they need to attract businesses. In order to attract larger employers, we will need to develop infrastructure when affordable and reduce taxes.
I will work to cut wasteful government expenditures in Frankfort that choke our local economies. Kentucky has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. Taxpayers deserve more transparency and an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.
In tandem, we should consider Kentucky as the perfect place to work on alternative fuel sources. Our state government should make efforts to provide tax benefits to citizens who invest in wind energy, solar energy, and geo-thermal energy for their own residential or commercial use. 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.
As a father, I 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 severe penalties for drug dealers, rehabilitation for those who need help, and education that protects our children from this horrible disease.
I have also voted to create an improved business climate in order to attract employers and high paying jobs, which has resulted in an all-time high of over $14 billion invested in Kentucky in the past 18 months. If we want to create a growing economy, we must cut back on unnecessary regulations.