Taking a stand on issues important
Healthcare affects both the economy as well as your quality of life. We need to improve options for access and affordability for all Floridians while providing for better prevention and treatment options.
Free Market Healthcare System
I support a free-market health care system. Individuals should have the right to determine the level of health insurance they want - if they choose to have any at all. The government should have no place and no authority to mandate individuals carry healthcare insurance. However, if an individual chooses healthcare coverage, those individuals should also have the right to determine the level of healthcare they want, the care providers they want, the medicines and treatments they will use and all other aspects of their medical care, including end-of-life decisions. Rightfully so, people should also be free to purchase health insurance across state lines.
Access, Affordability, & Medicaid Expansion
In Florida, most adults who do not have children, are not eligible for Medicaid. This is due to the fact that Florida did not accept federal funding to expand Medicaid coverage. Recent data indicate nearly 70% of Floridians supported Medicaid expansion since 2015. I support expanding Medicaid options through the use of federal funding for those individuals that want or need healthcare coverage, but fall in the coverage gap because they do not earn enough to qualify for healthcare exchanges - or - they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid. Check out the map below to see the status of Medicaid expansion nationwide.
A bill to expand Medicaid was passed by the Florida Senate in 2015, but was later denied by then Governor Rick Scott (R) and the Republican-controlled Florida House of Representatives.
More people have access to healthcare options when those options are affordable, and when people can afford healthcare coverage, they can pay for preventative medical visits, necessary medical procedures, and life-saving prescriptions. Without access to affordable healthcare, the cost of providing medical services to those who cannot afford coverage is paid by taxpayers, businesses, and by increasing the costs of services to otherwise paying patients.
Prevention & Treatment
A modern version of the Hippocratic Oath states, "I will prevent disease whenever I can, for prevention is preferable to cure." I believe we need to examine additional options for providing preventative treatments for our communities. With regard to vaccinations, I do not believe the government has a right to forcibly vaccinate individuals against their will. However, an inherent risk to public health exists when communities choose not to vaccinate for illnesses such as Measles, Mumps, Rubella, or the like. An unvaccinated and infected individual would have an immediate negative impact other citizens' rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Therefore, I support certain mandatory vaccinations where left unvaccinated, the individual would pose a health risk to others.
Full Legalization of Medical Grade Marijuana
I support full legalization of medical-grade marijuana without limitations on THC levels. The State of Florida, as an employer, should also provide healthcare coverage plans which includes cannabis coverage to the nearly 162,000 state employees.
Separately, this should also be covered by other companies providing healthcare coverage to employees in the state.
I believe in the 2nd Amendment as well as responsible, accountable gun ownership, and universal background checks. I do not support "red flag" gun laws that trample on our Bill of Rights, the 2nd Amendment, and due process.
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
It is the right of every citizen to keep and bear Arms to protect themselves, their families, and their property against any threat foreign or domestic - those rights shall not be infringed. However, those who choose gun ownership should be both responsible and accountable for their ownership.
Standardized access, training, and licensing should exist for all citizens who wish to own and carry firearms at state and federal levels - and that access should not be stripped by allowing other citizens to "red flag" an individual. While I support smart gun legislation to ensure the safety of our citizens, I do not support "red flag laws".
I support eliminating or reducing requirements for many occupational license requirements in our state. Florida’s workforce is one of the most regulated in the nation. In the Southeast United States, Florida is also the most rule-bound. The overwhelming burden of excessive license requirements, fees, and taxes prevent many "would-be" entrepreneurs from starting a business in Florida and creating an open and competitive economy and market.
Sales and use tax, intangible tax, and corporate income taxes are the major taxes collected in Florida.
Florida is the only state to collect sales tax on commercial leases. While the Governor signed a bill in May 2019 to reduce sales tax on commercial leases, the rate still hovers at 5.5%. I support full and total repeal of any and all sales taxes on commercial leases. Terminating sales tax on commercial leases will allow companies to access additional investment capital that they can use to hire people, invest into the business, and grow. Money invested back into the business is money invested into our local economy.
I believe we should end the "war on marijuana" and enact statewide decriminalization for possession of marijuana and license establishments to manufacture and sell marijuana.
This effort, following some localized decriminalization efforts already in place for possession under 20 grams by adults over the age of 21.
Why do I support legalization?
Our military service-members risk their lives to ensure our freedom. I support legislation that would:
- Establish a $5,000 homestead tax exemption for any military service-member with honorable service, regardless of the amount of time served
- Establish a $10,000 homestead tax exemption for honorably- or medically-retired military service-members
- Increase the disabled veteran homestead tax exemption from $5,000 to $10,000
I believe ALL people should all be treated fair and equal under the law. I support ending LGBT inequality in Florida and the Florida Competitive Workforce Act.
Yes, your state government. As a voter, you have the distinct civic duty and responsibility to hold your elected officials accountable. Every election, you choose whether to hire, or fire your elected officials. Your elected officials should be accountable to you by committing to a balanced budget, reducing unnecessary oversight, and refusing to take part in wasteful spending.
I am committed to:
- Reducing the size and scope of certain Florida government agencies
- Reducing government reach
- Eliminating wasteful spending
- Reducing tax burden on Florida businesses