Candidates: US Senate

The term for US Senator is six years. The annual salary is $174,000.

We asked candidates for US Senate the same three questions:

  1. As a result of your experience with COVID-19, what changes would you like to see in the national health care system?
  2. What changes, if any, to immigration law would you want to pursue? Why?
  3. What should be the federal priorities for managing the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.?

Here are their replies, as received with no edits or corrections:

perkinsforussenate.vote

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

I will work for clear, concise, honest information from the medical field. I will work towards making sure none of the spokespersons have any ties to outside influencers or especially those with monetary connections. We need accurate information, not hype based on unproven modeling, which led to fear and shutdowns. End the practice of additional funds to hospitals for patients on ventilators. Censorship of legitimate information on a possible cure, such as HCQ, to promote a vaccine must end.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

Simplify the immigration process. End the quota per country & end the practice of lottery immigration. Improve the methods used regarding people in the US on work or student visas, to ensure their visa is renewed in a timely manner or ensure they will be leaving the US by the expiration date. Change Visa Renewals to take place at the Federal Immigration office or Visa Application Center nearest the applicant & a remote conference with applicants’ Embassy. Streamlined & Improved Oversight.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

The federal priorities must be the information set forth is accurate and does not create fear and panic. Encourage governors to keep government offices open, allow businesses and schools to remain open. If there is proof of a virus spreading in a specific area, take appropriate action. For example, Greater Albany School Dist., closed for a few days to disinfect to stop the spread of the Noro Virus and it worked. That is how COVID 19 should have been handled; economic impacts would be minimized.

jeffmerkley.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

Sen. Merkley believes that Covid has laid bare the problems with a health care system built to serve Big Pharma, insurance companies & big for-profit hospital systems. Sen. Merkley supports Medicare for All & introduced the Choose Medicare Act to allow anyone who wants to opt into the program. He’s proposed a bill to prohibit drug companies from charging Americans more than they charge overseas for the same medications & prohibiting price gouging for the coronavirus vaccine when it’s ready.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

Sen. Merkley was the first Senator to shine a light on the Trump administration’s horrific child separation policy, reporting out on children in cages. Sen. Merkley believes we need to create a pathway to citizenship for immigrants, pass the Dream Act & stop the excessive criminalization & mistreatment of immigrant families. Sen. Merkley also introduced the Immigrants’ Mental Health Act, which would expand mental health access for immigrants facing trauma.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Sen. Merkley is pushing for stronger investments in testing, contact tracing as well as PPE so that our frontline workers can do their jobs safely. Sen. Merkley believes we must prioritize helping small businesses & workers first and foremost, not the wealthy corporations. Sen. Merkley supports extending unemployment assistance, has led the effort to stop utility shutoffs, supports a moratorium on evictions & has been fighting for additional loans and grants to keep our small businesses afloat.

ibrahimtaher.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

Prohibit governmental istitutions from recieving money from private sector. Prohibit governmental institutions from acquiring patents. Universal healthcare system. Full protection for whistleblowers. Protect healthcare providers’s the right to free speech.

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

No detention centers.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Invest in small businesses. localize the economy.

garydye2020.wordpress.com

  1. On changes to the national health care system.

Government declaring healthcare a “right” causes doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and Big Pharma to collude in raising prices to enrich themselves, while healthcare becomes even more unaffordable and unavailable. We must introduce competition in the marketplace, first by allowing interstate insurance plans, transparent pricing, interstate licensing, and healthcare vouchers and rollover savings accounts. Reform malpractice tort law, and cap trial lawyer profiteering. Ban forced vaccines

  1. On any changes to immigration law.

Until we have a libertarian government, we must maintain our borders. Citizenship must be made sovereign to the individual citizen, and not owned by the government. A citizen should be able to sell his citizenship to a foreigner. This would create an open market in which industry, charities, or even government could subsidize purchase of citizenships for foreigners according to their objectives. Disadvantaged (homeless) US citizens could sell their citizenship, and provide a fresh start.

  1. On the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

Rampant government spending has created national debt and money-printing levels that risk a collapse in the bond market, destruction of our currency, hyperinflation, and a Great, Great Depression. Civil unrest — to the point of revolution — will ensue, putting today’s “protests” to shame. We must drastically reduce the size and scope of government immediately, best accomplished by ending foreign military operations, foreign aid, subsidies, and over-zealous entitlements. Economy will collapse!