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For U.S. House, FL, Dist. 20, Democrat

MICHAEL STEINBERG FOR Congress

Why I Am Running for Congress
     
My name is Michael Steinberg. I am a candidate for the State of Florida, United States House of Representatives, District 20, because I, like you, envision a country where policy is based on the interests of the entire country, and not just on a certain constituency.

I believe in the free market system, but I also believe the system should be fair. Middle income earners should make up a large percentage of our population. Every child should have the opportunity for a quality education. Every young adult should have been given the education and/or training to enter the workforce. Workers must be paid a fair wage. Everyone should have access to healthcare.


Currently our monetary policy and tax system favors the very wealthy. If someone works hard, saves, invests, grows a business, and becomes wealthy, he or she should not be begrudged. That is the American way. However, our tax system should be equitable, so that individuals and corporations who have greatly benefited from our economic system, pay their fair share of taxes to support this system.

As a Social Security disability attorney for over 30 years, I have seen first hand the importance of Social Security and Medicare. If elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, I will work hard to  ensure that the Social Security Retirement and Disability programs remain solvent and are operated in a professional, courteous and efficient manner. I oppose any privatization of Social Security, however, I have seen the benefit of Medicare working with private insurance companies to reduce healthcare cost and provide healthcare more efficiently. This is why I support a Medicare option to the ACA health insurance exchange program. Currently Medicare eligible persons can opt to be insured by a private insurance company. Conversely, persons who are eligible to purchase insurance through a healthcare exchange, should be able to purchase Medicare at the fair market price.

One of the biggest issues that must be addressed is reducing our debt and eliminating our deficit. There are a lot of ways we can reduce fraud and waste, however, there isn't 1.5 trillion dollars of fraud and waste. Each of us must make some sacrifices. 

We must also support laws that encourage innovation, investment in durable goods, machinery and equipment, and creating and keeping jobs in America. America must insist that the rest of the world trade with us on a level playing field. Our trade partners must adhere to comparable wage, environmental, and safety laws, so as not to have an unfair advantage.  

My goal is to get Congress to adopt laws to improve the Social Security disability and retirement programs, including the long-term solvency problems and the unfairly attacked disability claims process. I will ask the other members of Congress to support funding of the Department of Veterans Affairs so that this agency can make timely decisions on disability claims. I will strive to ensure Medicare continues to be able to allow our seniors and persons who are disabled obtain the healthcare they need.   

Thank you for your consideration of my candidacy and I would appreciate your vote.