Problem Solving and Bipartisanship
People in the 36th District are sick of the partisan bickering and political gamesmanship that has led to extreme gridlock in Washington. As a doctor, I have always put people above partisanship and solutions above ideology, and those are the values I’ve brought with me to Washington.
I am proud to be a part of No Labels “Problem Solvers,” a group of solutions-oriented Democrats and Republicans from across the political spectrum dedicated to ending the partisan bickering in Congress and working together to find consensus to solve America’s biggest problems. As part of the “Problem Solvers,” I’m working with my colleagues across the aisle to come up with common sense solutions to create more jobs, make government more efficient and streamlined, and improve our health care system and Veterans’ Affairs (VA) services.
In July 2013, I joined more than 70 Democratic and Republican members of the No Labels “Problem Solvers” group to announce a landmark legislative package comprised of nine bipartisan, common-sense bills to make government more efficient and effective. I am a cosponsor of all nine bills and a lead cosponsor on the 21st Century Health Care for Heroes Act, which will improve the delivery of veterans’ health care by merging the electronic health records of the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
No one political party has a monopoly on good ideas. Just like in the Emergency Room, I’m open to pursuing any idea, whether it be Democratic or Republican, as long as it helps improve the lives of the people I serve in the 36th District.
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Imagine a busy emergency department. An ambulance delivers a patient with a severely broken leg that is bleeding profusely. In order to save the patient, the doctors must set priorities: first address the life-threatening problem (the profuse bleeding), and then go on to repair the fracture and rebuild the leg.