|Job description||Represents his/her district in the US House of Representatives, the lower chamber of the legislative branch of the United States. Term is two years.|
|Michael Burgess (incumbent)|
Note: Candidate answers are shown alphabetically by last name.
What is your current occupation? Educational background? What experiences do you have that make you the best candidate for US Representative?
Will Fisher: Occupation: Attorney
B.S., Sociology, Brigham Young University – Idaho, 2005
J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 2009
Legislating effectively means more than just voting appropriately. It means strategizing, negotiating, advocating, and of course, voting. As an attorney with years of experience negotiating and strategizing to reach certain outcomes, I have the experience that will allow me to be an effective legislator immediately. Further, I handle the law on a daily basis. I interpret the law. I apply the law. I even have experience writing law. My opponent in the democratic primary has no such experience, and my opponent in the general election, Michael Burgess, has demonstrated time and time again that his focus is on appeasing the wishes of his largest donors, while ignoring the needs and desires of his constituents.
What percentage of your campaign donations comes from individuals? What percentage comes from PACs?
Will Fisher: Being supported by everyday Americans is an important part of my ethos. As such, 100% of my campaign contributions have come from individuals, and $0 from PACs (not including Act Blue). That said, I am not opposed to receiving support from progressive PACs.
If elected, what would be the first piece of legislation that you would propose?
Will Fisher: During my first term, I commit to authoring legislation to create a public option for a tax-payer funded health insurance system to facilitate an eventual transition to a fully universal, single-payer healthcare system.
What is your position on the legalization of recreational and medical marijuana? What regulations should there be on marijuana usage?
Will Fisher: I support immediate decriminalization and medicinal legalization at every level of government. Further, I support the immediate funding of a commission to determine the most effective tax and regulation models so that marijuana can be legalized nationwide, taxed, and regulated in a manner to provide funding to public education (to expand the capabilities of Title I programs) and to avoid underage use to the extent possible.
What are your priorities for comprehensive immigration reform?
Will Fisher: America is a nation of people brought together from many different cultures and countries, strengthened by what makes each of us unique. I support immigration policies that protect American interests while also providing an attainable path to citizenship for immigrant families. Smart immigration policy is smart economic policy for Americans, for Texans, and for families working hard to contribute to the American Dream.
First, Congress should act immediately to pass a clean Dream Act, thereby giving permanent legal status to the approx. 800,000 dreamers – a group of Americans that we have invested in as a community and whom are hardworking, tax-paying members of our society. Further, it is a group that trusted us by giving us their personal information and that of their family members. We betray their trust and the credibility of the United States by not holding up our end of the bargain.
Next, Congress must introduce and adopt comprehensive immigration reform to provide a full pathway to citizenship for every person. Human migration as a result of economic turbulence is a fact of life, and we can choose to fight human nature or to work together to solve difficulties that result from human migration. Since the dawn of man, humans have moved across land, continents, and borders to provide for themselves and their families. I support humane immigration policy that helps ensure that immigration takes into account the interests of everyone.
What solutions do you propose for health care system reform?
Will Fisher: I pledge to fight for single-payer, universal healthcare, because it is time we stop playing games with Americans’ health.
To be clear, I’m not calling for a “single-provider” model, in which the government owns the health care facilities and provides the care. Rather, a single-payer system that removes the inefficiencies resulting from our current multi-payer model. It is time that every American has the healthcare where and when they need it, and doing so through a single-payer system will ensure this is accomplished efficiently.
A single-payer system is one in which a single entity (usually an administrative arm of the government) pays for all medical costs of the covered population. A universal system is one which provides coverage to all citizens. As such, I support adopting a single-payer, universal system, utilizing many of the structures and efficiencies already developed under the Medicare framework.
Having a single-payer, universal system provides many benefits, a few of which are:
Employers can focus on what they do best: competing, providing excellent goods and services, and employing Americans. No longer will employers be responsible for providing a social safety net (the traditional role of government).
Veterans receive the care they need, from the providers they choose to use. No longer are veterans required to use the VA.
Fairness and equality in healthcare.
Not just “access to coverage.” Healthcare when you need it from the provider you choose to use.
Providers must temper their rates.
Pharmaceutical companies lose their stranglehold on Americans’ wallets.
But how would a single-payer, universal healthcare system be paid for?
Americans currently pay for healthcare through insurance premiums (often taken out of their paychecks), in addition to co-pays, co-insurance, health savings accounts, flexible spending accounts, etc. Under a single-payer system, these inefficiencies go away. Through modest taxes, which are based on a tax-payer’s ability to pay, 95% of households would save money. No more worrying about fulfilling your deductible or paying a premium. The economic obstacles to healthcare will vanish.
Please also see my responses to the DMN voters guide: