Campaign links: D.C. Morrison (D-AR-4)
D.C. Morrison Congressional Candidate Arkansas District 4
Biography of D.C. Morrison
D.C. Morrison was a primary candidate for US Senate in 2010.
Below is D.C. Morrison campaign website from the tab “About D.C.”
Health Care Reform
In my opinion, health care in the United States is both over-regulated and in need of some serious reform. As a Senator, I would work to ensure that the rules of the free market would be applied to solve this growing problem.
Few Americans realize that Health Maintenance Organizations (HMOs)—those giant companies that serve as middlemen between patients and their doctors—were actually a product of federal legislation and special interest groups. The HMO Act of 1973 granted unfair advantages to HMOs, which led to a distorted insurance market. The result? Higher prices, less coverage, and more red tape.
This is what happens when Washington manages your health care.
Many see increased government involvement as the solution to the problem. However, socialized medicine doesn’t work (look at the socialized health care systems in England and Canada) for the same reasons that socialism doesn’t work. It is well known that socialized medicine leads to long lines, rationing of health care, and lack of choice.
Even more alarming is that socialized medicine stifles innovation. Health care in the United States is the best in the world because we reward innovation. When the government passes regulations and mandates, the free market ceases to exist.
I therefore support the following:
- Making all medical expenses tax deductible
- Eliminating federal regulations that discourage small businesses from providing coverage
- Giving doctors the freedom to collectively negotiate with insurance companies and drive down the cost of medical care
- Making every American eligible for a Health Savings Account (HAS) and removing the requirement that individuals must obtain a high-deductible insurance policy before opening an HAS
Statistics on Universal Health Care
The following statistics were excerpted from a survey conducted by the United Nations International Health Organization. I am strongly opposed to “Universal Healthcare” systems such as those in England and Canada.
Percentage of men and women who survived a cancer five years after diagnosis:
Percentage of patients diagnosed with diabetes who received treatment within six months:
Percentage of seniors needing hip replacement who received it within six months:
Percentage of patients referred to a medical specialist who saw one within one month:
Number of MRI scanners (a prime diagnostic tool) per million people:
Percentage of low-income seniors (age 65 or older) who say they are in “excellent health”:
The FairTax Plan
The FairTax Plan is a comprehensive tax reform proposal that eliminates all federal income and payroll-based taxes, including taxes on gifts, estates, capital gains, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment.
The current tax system would be replaced with the following: a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure that no American at the poverty level pays federal taxes on spending, and dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality. In addition, the FairTax plan calls for the repeal of the 16th Amendment.
In short, the FairTax offers these benefits:
- Enables workers to keep their entire paychecks
- Enables retirees to keep their entire pensions
- Provides for refunds in advance on the purchase of basic necessities
- Allows American products to compete fairly
- Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
- Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
- Closes loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
- Abolishes the IRS
I am for the FairTax, and 82 members of Congress support it as well.
Rebuilding Government Programs
- Social Security was established in 1935. Washington has had 75 years to get it right, but the system is rapidly heading toward bankruptcy.
- Fannie Mae was established in 1938. Washington has had 72 years to get it right, but the organization is mired in scandal and massive debt.
- Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. Washington has had 45 years to get them right, but the programs are draining federal and state budgets.
- Freddie Mac was established in 1970. Washington has had 40 years to get it right, but the program has sustained steep losses.
- The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. Washington has had 33 years to get it right, but the Department of Energy now employs more than 16,000 people, has a yearly budget of $24 billion . . . and we import more oil than ever before. An abysmal failure.
Washington has failed us, and they have wasted our tax dollars in the process. As a U.S. Senator, I want to help restructure, rebuild, and revitalize these programs.
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
Have you heard much recently about home ownership for every American? I haven’t, either. Government meddling in the housing loan industry brought about sub-prime loans, which led to both the collapse of the financial sector and our current recession. The following information has been excerpted from the U.S. Citizens’ Association:
- Jimmy Carter pushed for and signed into law the Community Reinvestment Act, which forced banks to lower their standards so that previously unqualified people could get a mortgage.
- Bill Clinton then “doubled-down” on the Community Reinvestment Act and lowered mortgage standards substantially to allow many more unqualified buyers to get loans.
- Bill Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, then intimidated banks with threats of legal action if they did not give loans to unqualified buyers who would not have the income to pay the loans back.
- Franklin Raines, a member of the Clinton Administration, was subsequently put in charge of Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae proceeded to buy a majority of the bad loans made by banks to unqualified buyers.
- Raines then falsified Fannie Mae’s financial reports so that he could collect bonues, which totaled over $90 million in a five-year period.
- Senator Chris Dodd, head of the Senatorial Financial Committee, blocked efforts by President George W. Bush and Congressional Republicans to rein in the corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Interestingly, Dodd received large campaign contributions from both.
- Barney Frank, head of the House of Representatives Banking Committee, also blocked efforts by President George W. Bush and Congressional Republicans to investigate claims of corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
- Barack Obama, while he was an attorney, filed lawsuits against banks in an effort to force them to give loans to people who could not afford to pay their mortgages. While a senator, Obama also blocked efforts by President George W. Bush and Congressional Republicans to investigate claims of corruption at Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.
These are the same people who now want to be put in charge of your health care!