Greg Orman, Olathe, strongly believes Washington is broken and he doesn’t think Republican or Democratic partisans can fix it.So he’s running as an independent candidate for the U.S. Senate.
He announced recently that he has double the required 5,000 signatures from Kansans to get on the November ballot.
If successful, Orman would run against the winners in Tuesday’s Republican and Democratic primaries seeking the seat now held by Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. Roberts prevailed in the GOP primary Tuesday and Chad Taylor won the Democratic primary in Kansas' U.S. Senate race.
Health care, Orman said, is a good example of Washington’s dysfunction. Despite passage of an Affordable Care Act, health care remains unaffordable to many in this country.
“We’ve seen no real solutions on how to drive costs down in health care,” he said.
That is an issue fundamental to the long-term sustainability of businesses, he said.
A businessman, Orman said his own company has attempted to give adequate raises to employees, but health insurance costs prevent them from being what employees deserve.
In the practice of medicine, he said, the emphasis has been on quantity rather than quality. He thinks the federal government should encourage evidence-based medicine and best practices in chronic care of patients with expensive conditions such as diabetes.
Too, the government should be allowed to negotiate Medicare prescription drug prices with pharmaceutical companies, Orman said.
“We’ve got to become a better purchaser of health care.”
Orman said immigration policy is another display of federal dysfunction.
“Our policy has to be tough, fair and practical,” he said.
The border must be secured, he said, but laws must also allow people to stay and live legally in the United States if they have followed the rules, paid taxes and learned English.
The cost to deport every undocumented person would be prohibitive, he said, and devastate industries such as agriculture.
“It’s impossible to force 11 million people out.”
In foreign policy, Orman said the U.S. must be more thoughtful before putting money and troops into engagements.
“The U.S. position in the world will improve if dysfunction in Washington is addressed,” he said.
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