State Senator Deb Fischer wants to make the leap from Lincoln to Washington.
Fischer, a state senator from Valentine, says she’s no career politician, which she counts as a plus in the Republican primary for United States Senate.
“People are tired of a career politician. We need to change the type of person that we send back to Washington. If we don’t change the type of person we send back, we’re going to end up with the same failed policies that we’ve seen,” Fischer tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re over $15 trillion in debt. That’s not going to be addressed unless we change the type of person we send back.”
Fischer wants the federal health care law approved by Congress and signed into law by the president two years ago repealed if the United States Supreme Court doesn’t rule it unconstitutional. She says the focus needs to shift from the current debate on health insurance toward a better outcome for health care. Fischer says the country needs to rethink the issue and try to determine what is best for the patient.
“I think we need to decide how we are going to provide for accessible and affordable health care. What is that going to look like? We should be looking at the financing of it, of course, but we need to look at the delivery and the outcome, too,” according to Fischer.
Fischer believes that most of the health care issues that have been debated in Washington would be better left to the states to decide. She says the Nebraska legislature has a good record of addressing health care concerns raised by the state’s residents.
The federal government, according to Fischer, has a limited role to play in spurring economic growth. She says that the best thing the federal government can do to spur job growth is to get out of the way and allow small businesses to create jobs.
“Small businesses are the economic engine in Nebraska and also in the country. In order to do that, the federal government needs to back off some,” Fischer states.
Fischer says two things can help right away: reduce regulations and reform the tax code. Fischer says there has been tremendous regulatory overreach by the federal government, demonstrated in the Labor Department’s ruling on child labor of the farm, a ruling it back off of after it sparked a firestorm of controversy. She accuses the Obama Administration of creating uncertainty that has stunted job growth.
Fischer touts herself as a staunch conservative that believes in a limited government.
“There are 44 job training programs within nine agencies at the federal level. Is that necessary?” Fischer asks. “We’ve just seen such an expansion of government and such an overreach of government that we need to eliminate those programs.”
Fischer says the federal government needs to focus on the core business of government and allow the states and the private sector to handle the rest.
The leading candidates in the Republican primary are Fischer, Jon Bruning and Don Stenberg. Also on the ballot are Pat Flynn, Spencer Zimmerman and Sharyn Elander.
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]