"All were asked if they would vote to impeach President Trump. Only Washburne said he would definitely vote yes."
[Quote from Fred Snowflack, Insider NJ, "2018 Kickoff: 11th Congressional District Candidates Joust for a Shot at Frelinghuysen," November 30, 2017.]
In drafting the 1787 United States Constitution, our Founding Fathers anticipated that we would have a rogue President from time to time as they had experience dealing with rogue kings. They purposely established a three branch government with checks and balances. The drafters of the Constitution assigned Congress the task of being the check on a rogue President.
It is clear that President Trump lacks any recognizable moral compass and has engaged in a pattern of deceit and obstruction of justice that needs to be stopped. The current Congressman from New Jersey's 11th District refuses to fulfill his Constitutional duties by speaking out and being a check on this rogue President. If elected to Congress, I will speak out and hold President Trump accountable for his often dangerous, unethical, and illegal behavior.
Trump's False & Misleading Statements
Please click here to see the Washington Post's website concerning false and misleading statements by Donald Trump since becoming President: https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/politics/trump-claims-database/?tid=a_inl&utm_term=.fa1640290173
My Support of Moving Toward Medicare for All
In 2010, the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare expanded health insurance to millions more people without coverage due their jobs not offering the benefit or being denied because they had a pre-existing condition.
While Obamacare was an improvement in that it covered more people, it did not end the debate on health coverage.
Republicans in Congress voted numerous times during Obama’s Presidency to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In 2016, Donald Trump was elected as our 45th President of the United States and Republicans took controll of both Houses of Congress.
While Trump and his Republican colleagues failed to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they are doing everything they can to sabotage Obamacare and throw millions of people off of health coverage.
This is one of the reasons I decided to run to represent New Jersey's 11th Congressional District and replace a Republican Congressman who voted with his party to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Should I win and should the Democrats win control of Congress again, I think the next step should be to strengthen the Affordable Care Act to ensure that more – not less – people are covered.
Once that is done and we stabilize the healthcare market again, I think we Democrats should have a serious conversation with the American people on whether counting on employers to provide us with health insurance in the future is the way to go.
Most companies – big and small – no longer want to deal with the headache of trying to offer health coverage to their workers.
While it is hardly ever mentioned, as consumers we are paying what amounts to a hidden tax every time we purchase a good or service in America.
Built into the price of all our products is an extra fee we all pay to cover somebody’s health insurance.
In personal terms, my students would have lower tuition if my college did not cover my health insurance and others.
In other words, we all pay for health insurance in higher prices whether we personally get health insurance or not.
Besides paying these hidden fees as consumers, we also pay more for our health coverage than people living in other countries.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States spent more on health care per capita ($9,403), and more on health care as percentage of its GDP (17.1%), than any other nation in 2014.
Last year, according to research by the Kaiser Family Foundation, average premiums for family coverage for employees rose to $18,764, an increase of 19% since 2012.
Workers are also increasingly paying a greater share of those costs and now pay 30% of the premium, in addition to higher deductibles and growing co-payments.
Moreover, unpaid medical bills are still the #1 cause of U.S. bankruptcies, outpacing credit-card bills or late mortgage payments.
Given all these problems with employer-based healthcare, I would be in favor of gradually – not tomorrow but over time – moving our country towards a Medicare for all type system.
My Support for Universal Background Checks, Sensible Gun Control, and Once Again Allowing the C.D.C. to Study Gun Violence in America
Does having a gun at home protect your family or not?
"The landmark study in 1993 [at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] showed that bringing a gun into the home puts everyone at much greater risk. . . The N.R.A. pushed Congress in 1995 to stop the C.D.C. from spending taxpayer money on research that advocated gun control. Congress passed the Dickey Amendment in 1996, and cut funding that effectively ended the C.D.C.'s study of gun violence as a public health issue."
I support rescinding the Dickey Amendment and allowing the C.D.C. to once again be able to study firearm violence in America. I also support universal background checks before someone is allowed to purchase a firearm and sensible gun control measures to remove weapons meant for war off American streets.
Please click here to read the article on "The Case for Studying Gun Violence" found in the March 13, 2018 "Science Times" section of the New York Times: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/12/health/gun-violence-research-cdc.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Fscience&action=click&contentCollection=science®ion=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=3&pgtype=sectionfront
News Stories about my Run for Congress
Runner's World: "Why Are So Many Runners Getting Into Politics?" https://www.runnersworld.com/newswire/why-are-so-many-runners-getting-into-politics?utm_content=2018-01-26&utm_campaign=Rundown&utm_source=runnersworld.com&utm_medium=newsletter&smartcode=YN_0001652734_0001653029&sha1hashlower=011b9583145b69ed3379e34876a61e35cd1e77b2&md5hash=0baf7879028ec13bb54ca993b18dfee9
Morristown Daily Record: "Mendham runner, CCM professor challenging Frelinghuysen"
Patch.com: "Longtime Mendham Runner Now Running For Congress -
History professor and prolific runner Mark Washburne will announce his candidacy for Congress in NJ's 11th district Wednesday." https://patch.com/new-jersey/mendham-chester/longtime-mendham-runner-now-running-congress
Newark Star-Ledger (NJ.com): "He's run every day since 1989, now he's running for Congress." http://www.nj.com/morris/index.ssf/2017/11/man_who_runs_every_day_is_running_for_congress.html
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