A well respected physician and Queen Anne’s County Commissioner, Eric Wargotz is one of a number of Republicans fighting for the opportunity to duke it out with intrenched incumbent Barbara Mikulski. I had profiled Wargotz on the old version of Old Line Elephant and he agreed to a web-based interview. To follow are his answers to my interview questions:
Matthew Newman: What made you decide to run for US Senate?
Eric Wargotz: I believe in a better America, a healthier and stronger America, an America where people want a “hand-up” not a “hand-out”. I am running for US Senate because friends, family, and constituents whom I serve believe that I have the knowlege, know-how, integrity and will as a citizen-legislator, an independently-minded Republican to find reasonable and just solutions to the challenges facing our Nation.
MRN: What grade would you give our incumbent Senator and why?
EW: An “F” because: Sen. Mikulski 1. voted for the new health care mandate, 2. voted for the so-called Stimulus package, 3. prefers to appease terrorists 4.has not been responsible in her approach to the Chesapeake Bay.
I do not support the new healthcare mandate because:
– it is unconstitutional
– it will not accomplish it’s stated goal of reducing health care costs
– it allows for federal funding of abortions
– it does not include meaningful tort and judicial reform
– it provides antitrust protection for insurance industry
– it does not allow for sale across State lines
– it does not not adequately address the medical provider manpower shortage.
The so-called Stimulus package has been a failure, particularly in Maryland. Tax relief is the single most important measure needed to stimulate the economy.
We must not appease terrorists. I condemn the notion of civilian trials for terrorists.
The incumbent has brought millions (nearly a billion dollars) of Federal dollars to Maryland for Chesapeake Bay clean-up but 33 years after she first entered the halls of Congress, the Bay is in worse shape.
MRN: Health care reform is a serious concern on the minds of the American people. As a Doctor and a prospective candidate for US Senate, what specific ideas do you have on reforms for health care?
EW: As a physician, I support the need for common sense reforms to our Health Care system. There are many modifications that can be made to current programs that will drive down costs and greatly improve care. Since this issue affects us all, Health Care reform needs to be done correctly, not quickly.Real, meaningful Health Care reform should have three goals – lower costs; improve patient care; and reduce waiting times for critical care. To accomplish those three goals reform must:
1. Not allow the government or insurance companies to get between you and your doctor.
2. Discourage frivolous med-malpractice lawsuits with Tort and judicial reform capping non-economic damages reducing defensive medical practices cutting waste, abuse & fraud.
3. Allow the sale of insurance across State lines.
4. Provide for Tax-free health savings accounts and portability.
5. Improve the health insurance system: reduce out-of-pocket expenses. Fair provider reimbursement. Remove Antitrust protection for insurance industry.
6. Maintain Medicare, and expand Medicaid to cover those legitimately unable to cover their own costs of care.
7. Ensure fair, uniform medication pricing by the Pharmaceutical Industry.
Health Care makes up nearly 18% of our Gross Domestic Product. The wrong reform passed into law will have devastating results for our economy and more importantly, a bad effect on all of us including children and seniors.
MRN: In your platform, you mention the following on the topic of immigration, “Existing laws need to be enforced. We need to maintain secure borders. Citizenship for those in our Country illegally is not an option.” What, if any, legislation do you feel would acheive these goals?
EW: In the context of my statement quoted above, we need to promote legal immigration, and stop the flow of illegal immigrants. Once this is accomplished, then we can deal with those already here.
MRN: What would be the first piece of legislation you would propose, if elected and why?
EW: Repeal the Health Care Law (mandate), Revise it to include real reform as stated above, and Rejoice at it’s passage!
MRN: If elected to the US Senate, what qualifications would you look for in a potential Court appointee from the President?
EW: The person must be a strict Constitutionalist.
MRN: Recently, the US Senate passed a $15 billion “jobs bill.” What is your opinion on this legislation and would you have voted in favor of it?
EW: No, I would not have voted for the so-called jobs bill.
MRN: The filibuster is sometimes a more controversial measure in the US Senate. What is your opinion on this procedure?
EW: Retain it.
MRN: How do you feel that your experiences in and out of government help qualify you for this position?
EW: For over 25 years I have cared for people as a physician and more recently as a locally elected official. I have dedicated my energy with sensitivity and compassion, regardless of their cultural or religious background or of the color of their skin.
MRN: If you are not selected in the primary process, would you be willing to endorse the eventual nominee?
I thank Dr. Wargotz for his time and his honest answers. Each answer was clearly put together with care. I you are interested in learning more about Dr. Wargotz, you can check out his official website here. Maryland deserves better than who currently represents us and either Ms. Amedori or Dr. Wargotz would be a step in the right direction.
Cross-posted to Old Line Elephant