Candidate Questionnaire: Manan Trivedi, PA 6th Congressional District (Democrat)

Posted on May 8, 2010 by

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Name: Manan Trivedi
Office Sought: US Congress – PA 6th District
Party Affiliation: Democrat

• If elected, what are the top 2 issues you would focus on in the next term and why?

Though there are several issues that need to to be addressed in America today and I think it is possible to attack many of them at the same time, the most important issue facing our country today is the lack of jobs in the current economy. We must get people back to work in real, sustainable jobs of the future. I am the only candidate, Democrat or Republican, to have laid out an extensive jobs plan and the details of it can be seen on my website. My plan focuses on small businesses and infrastructure improvements that create jobs, invests in education and training and incentivizes new job growth in the clean energy sector—a key driver of the future economy. Our efforts must provide immediate help but should also lay the groundwork for long-term economic security.

The second issue I would focus on is the continual reform of the healthcare system. Despite the recent passage of significant healthcare legislation that I supported, I believe a lot more still needs to be done to get a truly high quality, affordable healthcare system for all Americans. One of the first things I would address is healthcare costs. The healthcare bill we just passed does not really address healthcare costs in any meaningful fashion. If we want to cover everyone that we want, we have to rein in costs and curb the rate of premiums increases. In the short-term the only solution to bring down costs is by providing an alternative to private insurance with a robust, Medicare-like public option. This will hold the insurance companies’ feet to the fire and introduce true competition in the healthcare marketplace. In the long-term, we need to do a better job figuring out what works and what doesn’t work in healthcare, and disseminate these best practices. We can do this with a significant investment in comparative effectiveness research and by realigning incentives based on quality over quantity.

• What kind of immigration reform, if any, would you support?

I support immigration reform legislation that creates an earned legalization path to the undocumented in America. This is the only humane and realistic approach to the current situation. This legislation should also include better enforcement measures for

employers who skirt labor laws and taxes through hiring illegal workers, as well as strong border controls for national security concerns.

• What is your position on campaign finance reform?

It should be clear to anyone that our campaign finance system needs reform, and that special-interest money too often trumps rational policy-making in Washington DC today. One of the first pieces of legislation I would work on in Congress would be to overturn the Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to spend unlimited amounts trying to influence elections. It is unfair that a lot of companies that use our tax dollars to hand out bonuses to their executives or receive tax subsidies will now be allowed to use that money on campaign ads. I will work to stop that.

• What is your position on consumer protection in the investment industry?

I support the creation of a Consumer Financial Protection Agency that would create and enforce a strong set of rules to require fair, affordable, understandable, and transparent financial products like bank loans, mortgages, and credit cards for families and small businesses.

Just like we have rules that keep companies from selling us toasters that burn down our houses, we need common sense rules to keep banks from selling mortgages and loans that will destroy our homes and credit ratings as well. The Consumer Financial Protection Agency will do for financial products the same thing the FDA does for medical safety and the Consumer Product Safety Commission does for consumer products.

Last year we had to spend billions of dollars to bail out the big banks that crashed the economy. Now we need strong, common sense rules of the road to make sure the banks don’t go right back to practices that endanger our entire economy. With the Consumer Financial Protection Agency, we will know we have someone who is looking out for Main Street instead of Wall Street.

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