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Position paper: U.S. Congressional representative, District 13

10/11/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

Dr. Marisha Agana vs. Tim Ryan (incumbent)

Dr. Marisha Agana
Voters will vote for one candidate for District 13 U.S. Congressional representative for the term commencing Jan. 3, 2013, on the Nov. 6 General Election ballot. Democratic incumbent Tim Ryan did not submit answers to our questions by the stated deadline. The information provided below was submitted by Republican Dr. Marisha Agana, with her responses to our questions printed as submitted.

Dr. Marisha Agana

Political affiliation: Republican

What would you do to create jobs in this region?

“First of all, the federal government does not create jobs. The government has a duty to create the economic environment to allow for job creation by the private sector. American industrialization of the 1900’s was created by shrewd entrepreneurs like the Vanderbilt’s, Carnegie’s, Mellon’s etc. Then in the 20th century, the second wave of American economic prosperity grew out of the sheer genius of Buffet, Gates, Jobs, etc. aided by the federal government’s corporate tax incentive programs.

“As an elected citizen legislator, I envision my role in helping create economic incentives for our job creators in the private sector to flourish. How? I intend to start by pushing for simplification of our complicated taxation system. I am one of those who believe in flat tax rates across the board: 9 percent for corporate, 9 percent for personal income while sales tax should be left to the discretion of the individual states. Second, I believe in revamping current ‘un’-fair trade agreements our country has with other countries like China and Mexico by imposing tariffs on non-US made products. These are just examples of what I can do.”

What is your position on health care reform?

“As a practicing pediatrician, the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act of 2010 is a misconception. It is a piece of paper that legislates that every American can afford health insurance. However, having health insurance does not equate to having healthcare delivered! Sadly, this current government who has rushed to pass this law did not take into consideration that our healthcare problems cannot be solved by legislators in blue suits through mandates and crippling policies. Health care reform can only be resolved through the negotiating efforts between the doctors and their patients who are the only two parties affected. 

“When I get elected, I will fight to repeal PPACA/Obamacare and replace it with patient directed common sense solutions that will address issues of medical fraud and out-of-control liability regulations.”

What would be your top three priorities if you took office? Why?

“Top three priorities would be 1) creation of the economic incentives for job creation. Why? Because I believe a fiscally sound economic environment make for contented constituents who will spend their money to grow more jobs in our country. It is the circle of life, the American way: capitalism at its best. 2) repeal and replace Obamacare. Why for the simple reason that it does not address the healthcare problems we have in our system. Furthermore, Obamacare’s creation of more taxes stifle the growth of industry in our country, 3) advocate for energy self-sufficiency through the development of the Utica shale in our district. Why? Self-sufficiency in energy production lead to further job creation.”

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