January 21, 2010Posted by Coonsey in Uncategorized.
Dr. David Gill: Answers My Questions
Dr. David Gill (D) is running for the Illinois 15th Congressional District. He will be challenging the current Representative from Illinois, Tim Johnson (R).
Dr. Gill has graciously offered to answer a questionnaire I sent to him about specific issues that I and others care about. His answers may or may not surprise some of you.
Here are my answers to your questions:
Do you approve of the Health Care Reform bill that Congress (passed/is trying to pass)? If so why and if not why not?
No– it completely ignores the proverbial 800 pound gorilla sitting in the middle of the room: the private health insurance cartel. In fact, it serves to strengthen the private health insurance industry. The lack of cost controls is troubling, also. The bill in D.C. likely will make an already bad situation even worse. The problem of the UNDERinsured, which is already huge, will be made worse by this bill.
Do you believe in term limits for members of Congress, if so, how many, if not why not?
Yes– four terms for U.S. House members, and two terms for U.S. Senate members. My opponent reneged on the Term Limits pledge that he made back in 2000, which helped him get in to office in the first place.
Do you think farming is dying in Illinois and if so why and what can be done to stop it from doing so?
I think that “dying” overstates the difficulties faced by our farmers, but they do face very tough times. Their situation would be made much easier by moving aggressively toward the development of a “Green Economy” and by passing meaningful, significant health insurance reform by extending Medicare to all American citizens.
Do you have any ideas for bringing more energy efficiency jobs to Illinois?
Yes, I think that we need to offer tax credits to the developers of wind farms, and to those who want to retrofit old manufacturing plants to build the wind turbines and blades, and thin solar panels, and the batteries needed to power the automobiles of tomorrow.
Which would be a better way to go, having high speed rails for trains going 110 mph (cheaper but improvement) or 220 mph (more expensive and longer to build but comparable to air flight time) from Chicago to St Louis.
I would aim to accomplish to fastest option– we are being left way behind by other parts of the world in this category.
What is your opinion of President Obama’s foreign policies?
Afghanistan: Disagree– we should be starting to bring our troops home from there.
Iraq: Have always opposed the invasion, unlike my opponent, who voted for it when it was very popular, but who now speaks against it.
North Korea: I agree with the President’s attempts at achieving six-nation dialogue.
Iran: I agree with sanctions that primarily impact upon the Revolutionary Guard.
Pakistan and Yemen: See “Afghanistan”– I think our military presence in such areas serves to foster the growth of terrorism.
Israel/Palestine: I support a two-state solution.
Do you think the previous administration may have committed war crimes by using torture techniques?
What are your feelings about the Cap and Trade issue? Against;
I support a simpler carbon tax, with 95% of the revenues being refunded to consumers through reduced payroll taxes.
Do you believe in the Don’t Tell, Don’t Ask rule in the military? Or do you want to abolish it?
It should be abolished.
Do you support Embryonic Stem Cell research?
Do you support a woman’s right to choose?
Do you support affirmative action and if so for whom (Race, sex, age)?
I believe in equal opportunity for all, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
If you could accomplish one thing while being U.S. Representative from Illinois, what would that thing be?
To reduce people’s cynicism about politics and government. I receive no funding from a national party or from corporations; having leaders who are funded strictly by ordinary American citizens will go a long way toward restoring people’s faith in our democracy.
David Gill, M.D.
Dr Gill also answered the following question after the Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley lost her race against Scott Brown:
One last question and only because the election was just held yesterday. Do you think the MA loss was a wake up call for Democrats to stop health care reform and start over or do you think Senator elect Brown won because of several factors along with poor campaigning? To make it simple, what is your opinion of the MA Democratic loss?
I think it was multi-factorial– I’ve been campaigning for nearly eight years, and there is a powerful discontent out there, a very strong anti-incumbent feeling… and Ms. Coakley “felt” like the incumbent, I suspect, to many voters. I think Democrats are disappointed with watching their leaders, such as Baucus and Ben Nelson, receive lots of funding from insurance companies, and then stand in the way of real health care reform. I think this would have turned out much differently if the House & Senate Dems had stood up to the insurance cartel.Thanks,