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League of Women Voters

2012 Congressional Candidate Questionnaire

Candidate Biographical Information:

Name: John Russell

Age: 56

Candidate's Hometown: Buffalo, New York

Candidate's Education:

MS, Nursing, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner, The University of South Florida, 2001

MBA, Health Systems Management, Niagara University/State University of New York at Buffalo, 1991

BS in Nursing, D'Youville College, 1978

Profession: Nurse Practitioner Hematology/Oncology

Candidate Website: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com

1.) I will advocate for instituting what I refer to as my Variable Labor Cost Tariff

on Imported Goods: This would remove the incentive for offshoring

more jobs because the labor cost advantage present previously, will be

eradicated.

I will advocate federal subsidies to rebuild national infrastructure

including the electrical grid, using tax credits to encourage transition to

renewable energy via decentralized power generation/distribution

system.

Treat earned and unearned income equivalently while increasing

marginal tax rates on taxable income in excess of $250,000 annually

First $12,000 of Federal taxable income exempt from the FICA Tax and

lift the cap on Federal Taxable Income subject to FICA immediately...

from the current level of $110,100 subject to FICA to $10,000,000.

I will repeal the tax loophole that allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S.

Corporations to avoid paying federal taxes on income generated by foreign

operations.

Re-institute federal pay as you go budget rules.

http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=54

2.) We must restore efficiency in the area of Defense, Military Procurement and Foreign Policy. In excess of 3 Trillion dollars (Total Cost), has been spent in the Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan theatre of operations over the past decade. A half trillion dollars in CBO projected operational cost savings can be achieved through 2021 by expediting our departure from this theatre.

Defense/military expenditures must be approved/disapproved based on legitimate utility within the goal of ensuring a strong military, instead of parochial political considerations. We must re-orient Foreign /Defense policy priorities to fit within more realistic budgetary constraints. American foreign policy must be less adventurous.

I will advocate for diminishing the U.S. military footprint in Europe and elsewhere as our budget allocations for defense dwarf our nearest military competitors by several factors combined. We are sacrificing the future when we consider the opportunity costs of alternative investment foregone over the past 12 years.

3.) America must pursue dramatic Campaign Finance/Election Reform in order to once again return to the people their long forgotten "voice." Corporate America owns and operates our political system.

The American Legislative Exchange Council vets/advances candidates in state/local races, who have proven themselves by "playing ball" with those who finance their campaigns.

Public campaign financing, providing equal access to the public airwaves for ALL qualified candidates, and mandatory broadcast debates would serve to focus the public's attention, while diminishing cost.

I will seek to repeal the Citizens United decision as well as advocate for legislation that reverses the notion of a fictitious entity such as a corporation being considered legally to be a person or money as speech. I am personally endorsed by 2004 Green Party Presidential Candidate David Cobb. Details http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=84

4.) As a Nurse Practitioner who has current experience in the health care system providing care to cancer patients, I have specific knowledge that other candidates do not. When it comes to understanding much less, developing/analyzing health care policy, I have specific preparation in the development of national health care policy, and as such, will advocate strongly for voluntary enrollment in Medicare for ALL citizens irrespective of age as an additional choice on the health care exchanges.

Broadening Medicare enrollment to include ALL Americans would instantly strengthen the fiscal status of Medicare through the inclusion of younger healthier citizens in the population of Medicare subscribers. My plan would allow all who chose to enroll the opportunity to buy-in to Medicare, paying a premium based upon taxable income with a maximum cap so all would be able to access affordable comprehensive health care without worry of being financially devastated by illness/injury. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78

5.) As a response to potential natural disasters including weather related disasters I have developed a framework for solution which I call the Federal Catastrophic Event Property Insurance Model. Katrina and the other hurricanes in Florida in 2005 have caused the insurance and re-insurance industries to re-assess, re-calculate and re-distribute their risk.

A Federal Catastrophic event property insurance program model is key involving all 50 states as a means of spreading risk, while also recognizing that disasters can occur virtually anywhere as we've seen floods, fires and tornados of this year.

Such a program would unburden the insurer from catastrophic risk and insurers would be required to exclude any catastrophic premiums in their actuarial models in determining their premiums charged to their customers, resulting in lower premiums overall. I believe that a program such as the one I offer has benefits that outweigh the cost. Details http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=58

TBO Online Questionnaire Tampa Tribune

Campaign Questions

1.) Why are you running for public office, and what differentiates you from your opponents?

I am running to provide people their voice in Congress. I have learned that unless a person has something to "trade" for political favors, such as 100 checks for $2,500 each, then your voice will not be heard. Citizens United has dramatically worsened this inequity, as unlimited funds from the ultra rich and powerful control the people's "representatives" from BOTH major political parties. As a candidate, I have turned down such offers in the past and will again. This destructive paradigm offers the very clear reasoning behind my NPA registration status.

The incumbent has voted to turn Medicare into a voucher of $6,000 and has taken zero action to corral corrupt banking practices that harm his constituents. I am running to preserve/strengthen Social Security, ensure affordable access to quality health care and to reform our banking system, put an end to perpetual war and reform our economy. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/default.asp

2.) What are the special needs of your district? Why are you the best qualified candidate to address them?

There is a crisis of integrity in government at every level!

The district continues to average near double-digit unemployment while many remain without affordable access to quality health care. Given the 16 plus years that I have lived in Pasco County, I have not seen any initiative toward new, more promising areas of economic investment other than construction and tourism.

I am the most qualified candidate because I am not running to make politics a career. However, I do offer a history of demonstrated academic and professional accomplishments that are transferable to the role of being an effective Congressman. I possess the knowledge, foresight and strength of character to represent the majority, not just the insiders interested in maintaining the status quo. If quality affordable health care is important to you, I am the only choice on the ballot. I will act to revive our economy, strengthen/secure Social Security and Medicare for the present/future.

3.) What would be your top priorities in Washington?

I will strenuously advocate imposing accountability and regulation on Wall Street. I will advocate for investigation/prosecution of those responsible for the engineered defrauding of the American people by Wall Street over the past decade to include mortgage fraud/illegal bank foreclosure rackets.

I will advocate for the repeal of Gramm-Leach Bliley thus reinstating the Glass-Steagall Act, which separates commercial banks from investment banks and insurance companies. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=89

I will advocate for the repeal of the Commodities Futures Modernization Act of 2000 so as to end Credit Default Swaps and CDO's which decimated our economy.

I will advocate for my Medicare for All option to the Affordable Care Act.

Reform/Strengthen Social Security.

I will advocate for tax reform that is fair to ALL: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=54

I will work to overturn Citizens United/Federal campaign finance reform.

4.) What are the top two issues facing your district, and how would you address them in Congress?

1) Decreased availability/quality of employment. I will advocate for infrastructure rebuilding program to include mass transit, road/bridge rebuilding, a modern well planned power grid that will allow the grid to incorporate on a large scale, and as the major design focus decentralized power generation/distribution. This will create thousands of skilled trade positions across America while adding an exponentially improved efficiency to our energy structure thus spurring additional economic multipliers/ensuring energy security. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=91

2) Access to quality affordable health care is a dream for too many people who work hard but remain unable to find health care security either through their employment or by purchasing insurance themselves. The Affordable Care Act while offering some new advantages does not solve this problem. Medicare for ALL as I envision it does. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78

5.) What action will you push for now on the Affordable Care Act?

As a Nurse Practitioner (MS/ARNP) who has current experience in the health care system providing care to cancer patients, I have pertinent knowledge that the incumbent does not when it comes to understanding, developing and analyzing health care policy. I have specific preparation in the development of national health care policy, and as such, will advocate strongly for opening voluntary enrollment in Medicare for all citizens irrespective of age.

As a provider of health care, I have experienced along with my patients and colleagues the cost of having to deal with corporate bureaucrats who restrict access to medically appropriate health care in any number of ways. As a provider of health care, I advocate for my patients. As your congressman, I will advocate on YOUR behalf to ensure that you have access to quality affordable health care. Further details here: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78

6.) What will you do if anything to help create more jobs?

Medicare for ALL as I envision it will decrease costs for business overall in particular leveling the playing field for smaller business operations with that of their larger competitors. Medicare for ALL in addition because of these cost management benefits will allow small business to compete more effectively for the most talented staff with their larger competitors. See link for details http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78 In addition I will advocate for a National Energy Policy that emphasizes a distributed power generation and distribution approach as opposed to the centralized approach in place for more than a century. In addition to better balancing the ratio between capitol vs labor inputs this policy will result in significant overall economic gains in efficiency in the long-term, coupled with associated increased demand for skilled labor. Details on my site. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=53

7.) What will you do if anything to reduce federal spending?

I will advocate scaling back the defense budget. To date, no administration has provided a rational explanation for the ongoing expenditures in Afghanistan/Iraq. Ending operations in Afghanistan will result in direct savings of 500 Billion dollars over the next 10 years. Additional cuts should be sought as well in programs that military leaders have declined but remain funded inappropriately as "pork." Lost revenue is the same as spending and in that regard I would advocate pursuit of wealth that has been illegally "sheltered" from federal taxation estimated world wide to be 21 TRILLION Dollars. Tax cuts can be viewed appropriately as spending, unless there is a measurable positive return to the economy in increased employment. I will advocate eliminating Congressional, Senatorial and Presidential pensions while requiring elected Federal officials to be subjected to the same health care benefits as their constituents.

8.) What is your position on oil drilling in the Gulf?

Oil and by definition government leases that offer control over land that "may" contain oil are an appreciating asset. Petroleum is indisputably an appreciating commodity in a market where demand for oil within the current energy paradigm can only be predicted to increase. I would submit that with hundreds of capped wells in Louisiana/Pennsylvania and with tens of millions of acres already leased from the government but not yet explored, the petroleum industry has no intent on producing any more oil to add to the domestic supply any faster than it has to.

Therefore, I will not approve any new leases at this time. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=53 I will advocate for strict monitoring/regulation of current operations re: BP disaster, the consequences of which will be with us for decades to come. I oppose further expansion of drilling in the Gulf and will promote energy conservation, investment in advanced public transit and alternative energy.

Tampa Bay Times Candidate Questionnaire

for 2012 U.S. Senate and U.S. House candidates

BIOGRAPHICAL QUESTIONS

1. Candidate Name John Russell

2. Office Seeking U.S. House, District 12

3. Political Consultant: Ryan Sigley

4. Date of Birth 02/11/1956

5. Personal E-mail john@johnrussellforcongress.com

6. Personal Website None

7. Length of time in your current district 17 Years

8. Business E-mail john@johnrussellforcongress.com

9. Business Website http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com

10. Mother's name Betty L. Russell

11. Father's name Clifford F. Russell

12. Siblings None

13. Marital Status Married

14. Spouse's name Chyrisse Tabone Russell

15. Children's names and ages None

16. Education:

BSN Degree, May 1978 D'Youville College Buffalo, New York

MBA Degree, May 1985, Niagara University, Niagara University, New York

Health Care Systems Management Concentration for MBA Degree, August 1991,

State University of New York at Buffalo,

MS/ARNP Degree, August 2001, University of South Florida

17. Professional history, please include current employment.

ARNP Central Florida Hematology and Oncology Leesburg, Florida Clinical

Management of Hematology and Oncology patients in office as well as hospital in-patient

rounds. July 2009-Present

ARNP Wound Technology Network, Tampa, Florida. Provide clinical treatment for patients

with chronic non-healing wounds. September 2007-September 2008.

Critical Care RN, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa, Florida. Perform clinical duties as staff RN in

Cardiac Care Unit, Float RN to Cardiac Surgical Intensive care unit, Medical

Telemetry. June 2003-September 2006.

Critical Care RN, Intellistaf Healthcare Inc. / Medical Staffing Network Baycare Inc. /Tampa

General Hospital. Perform clinical duties in various ICUs and the Emergency

Room. May 1998-June 2009.

Financial Advisor, American Express Financial Advisors SEC Series 7 Securities

License and Florida State Insurance License. Financial Advisory Sales and

Services1995-1996

18. Ever charged with a crime? If so, please give dates, location and disposition. No

19. Ever been sued? If so, please explain. No

ISSUE QUESTIONS

20. How would you reduce the federal deficit? Would you vote for $1 in tax increases for every $10 in budget cuts, a plan opposed by each of the Republican presidential candidate?

20.) No, I will instead put forward significant policy positions that will grow and broaden the American economy, not merely satisfy some contrived ratio of budget cuts to tax increases. Each decision whether concerning taxation or budget line item must be decided upon on its own merit.

The first order of cost containment should be to restore efficiency to the U.S. military. In excess of 3 Trillion dollars (Total Cost), has been spent in the Iraq/Afghanistan/Pakistan theatre of operations over the past decade. A half trillion dollars in CBO projected operational cost savings can be achieved through 2021 by expediting our departure from this theatre.

In addition, going forward, military expenditures must be approved or disapproved based on legitimate utility to ensuring a strong military, not parochial political considerations. Overall military spending must be streamlined, meaning that appropriate cuts have to be made in consultation with military leaders more in balance with our overall economy. Should we continue to allocate comparatively disproportionate funds to defense, we will allow our adversaries to prevail economically, as critical alternative investments are deferred or eliminated due to lack of funding.

I will advocate for policies that increase overall levels of employment such as federal subsidies for rebuilding of national infrastructure. Increased employment results in increased tax revenues and decreased costs. I will advocate for implementation of federal policy that encourages the rebuilding of our national electrical grid, including tax credits to encourage the transition to renewable energy. I will advocate as a component of my policy for a focus on facilitating decentralized power generation and distribution.

I will advocate for an amendment to the Affordable Care Act incorporating a Medicare for All option as an additional choice on the health care exchanges. This reform act will diminish health care costs associated with the financing of health care as access to Medicare health coverage is made available to Americans of all ages as well as small business. As decreased costs to small business in particular would result, business expansion would increase leading to increased employment, decreased costs and increased tax revenue related to economic growth.

I will advocate for instituting what I refer to as my Variable Labor Cost Tariff on Imported Goods: This tariff would be based on a comparative factor of labor cost differential between the country of manufacturing origin, and U.S. domestic labor for the same product type. This factor would accomplish two major economic goals for labor by disadvantaging to a considerable degree the current low cost of offshore labor (often pennies per hour.

It would remove the incentive for offshoring more jobs because the labor cost advantage present previously, will have been eradicated. See my website for details

"The tariff" will remove the disincentive for increasing wages in foreign manufacturing since the cost will be present either in tariff form or in wages. Retail prices will rise variably and likely will be pressured by available product substitutes that contribute to price elasticity considerations that will prevent steep price increases. The tariff would default bottom out at zero for products manufactured in high wage nations such as Germany where labor costs often exceed those in the U.S.

For complete details http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=54

21. Would you support Rep. Paul Ryan's plan that would cut spending and taxes but not raise any revenue as part of a deficit reduction plan?

21.) No, I do not support Ryan's plan. I would revise federal income tax rates on both earned and unearned income as depicted below. As denoted in my Economic Policy, I would advocate treating Capitol Gains as Earned Income subject to marginal tax rates just like wages, salary and tips. I will advocate for increasing marginal tax rates on taxable incomes in excess of $250,000 annually.

Such a plan would result in new incentives to build businesses over the long term rather than to siphon as much income as possible in the short term as is presently the case. I call this the rediscovery of "retained earnings." The equal treatment of earned and unearned income would result in a more equitable treatment of income among those who toil versus those who clip dividend coupons.

I would advocate making the First $12,000 of Federal taxable income exempt from the FICA Tax in order to increase progressivity.

As for Social Security payroll taxes I would seek to lift the cap on Federal Taxable Income subject to Social Security/FICA Payroll taxes immediately... from the current level of $110,100 increasing the upper limit of income subject to FICA to $10,000,000.

I would seek to designate as well, Profit Distributions from Chapter S Corporations as being subject to FICA tax to remove that GAPING Loophole!

I will advocate for increasing the Federal Estate Tax Exemption to $8 Million while also increasing the Federal Estate Tax Effective Rate to 55% from the current level of 35%.

I will advocate for legislation to repeal the tax loophole that allows foreign subsidiaries of U.S. Corporations to avoid paying federal taxes on income generated by foreign operations.

I will advocate STRONGLY AGAINST ANY legislation that allows for U.S. corporations and/or their subsidiaries to be granted a "Tax Holiday" in order to return earnings/profits to the U.S. either tax free, or subject only to an outrageously minimal tax.

I will advocate for equal tax treatment of capital gains and earned income, thus restoring a modicum of equity to our federal tax policy. I will advocate for elimination of the "carried interest" tax loophole that allows private equity fund and hedge fund partners to claim their earnings as capital gains, thus paying an extremely low tax rate. This loophole will be eliminated automatically if we restore the current preferred tax treatment of capital gains to that of appropriate marginal income tax rates associated with that of earned income as recommended above.

I would advocate for the following revisions in federal marginal tax rates.

I will advocate for increasing the Federal Income Tax Rate on both earned and un-earned income of $250,000-$1,000,000 to 39% marginal rate.

I will advocate for increasing the Federal Income Tax Rate on both earned and un-earned income of $1,000,001-$5,000,000 to 45% marginal rate.

I will advocate for increasing the Federal Income Tax Rate on both earned and un-earned income of $5,000,000-$10,000,000 to 50% marginal rate.

I will advocate for increasing the Federal Income Tax Rate on both earned and un-earned income of over $10,000,000 to 55% marginal rate.

The above rates are well below the maximum marginal rates that prevailed in the 1950's and 60's when the economy was booming.

Details Here: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=89

22. Do you support the Dream Act? What should Congress do about immigration?

22.) Yes, I recommend passage of "The Dream Act" This would not require states to provide in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants, but rather would restore this decision to the states without encumbrance.

"The Dream Act" Details: http://www.nilc.org/dreamsummary.html

I have developed what I believe to be a very fair and comprehensive federal immigration reform plan that in summary enhances our collective security while holding both undocumented workers as well as the employers who illegally employ them accountable.

Excerpts from my Immigration Plan:

Penalties for those employers found to be employing/exploiting undocumented workers AFTER the "Get Legal" time period had expired would face escalating fines starting at $1,000 per worker per month which would increase by increments of $1,000 per worker per month found to be employed up to a total of $12,000 per worker after 12 months had elapsed... following the expiration of the "Get Legal" period.

These monthly per worker fines would continue to accumulate at a rate of $1,000 Dollars per month cumulatively increasing to a rate of $5,000 per worker per month commencing at the onset of 18 months.

These fines would be NON-revocable and could not be rescinded. That's my starting point for negotiations!

Individuals found to be employing contractors who employed illegal workers would be liable for a civil penalty as well thus encouraging vigilance on the part of those in need of contracting service.

Companies found to be in compliance would earn the "All American Labor Seal" for their documented compliance with all applicable Insurance, Labor and Tax laws.

Encourage the Federal Government, State Department and the President to open discussions with Central American leaders as well as the President of Mexico using our economic leverage to encourage these countries to broaden their respective economies, making them more attractive to their own people, thus making America less attractive as an alternative to remaining in their home countries.

Decreased employment prospects for "illegal/undocumented immigrants" will only be achieved through the enforcement of laws that penalize businesses that violate Insurance, Tax and Labor laws and in some instances also commit fraud in the employment of undocumented workers.

My plan addresses the unfair financial advantage that employers enjoy through the illegal employment of undocumented workers through enhanced law enforcement and substantial financial penalties and inducements.

I address the very serious problem of human trafficking in my plan as well. We must Comprehensive immigration policy has not passed because business does not want it passed. Consequently, malleable elected officials fail to pass it.

For complete details please visit: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=62

23. Would you support lifting the Cuba embargo? How would you change Cuba policy?

23.) Yes I would support lifting the embargo on Cuba, as I have for the past several years now. I continue to advocate for beginning the process of normalization of relations with Cuba as a matter of national security relative to China's recent advances toward Cuba.

I also see such a change in direction as a logical and prudent step from an environmental standpoint in order to influence Cuba's coastal oil exploration to protect Florida beaches. In addition, the U.S. Govt. has projected a $400+ million dollar annual boost in commerce that would result for the Tampa seaport and airports combined.

Trade with Cuba would benefit Central Florida agricultural producers as market demand for exports of cattle and citrus to Cuba that in the past were substantial, would be revived according to U.S. government studies. This policy will help to level the balance between agriculture and development throughout Central Florida by the increase in demand for agricultural products produced in this region, e.g. beef and citrus, that will result from this change in policy.

In my opinion, this nation must continue to isolate the Castro regime militarily, while simultaneously embracing the country economically and culturally. Complete policy http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=59

24. Florida is one of a number of states that have obtained waivers from provisions in the federal No Child Left Behind Law. What should Congress do to improve public education?

24.) The facts have been ignored too long. The most vital years in development of the human brain are within the first five years of life. As a society we must invest in maximizing that development for all of our citizens lest we fall behind the rest of the world.

Investments in early education programs when young minds are most amenable to building positive attitudes towards learning will result in substantial dividends to our society over the long term. The effect of having children who are ready to learn on day one when they enter elementary school will be durable and will result in fewer young adults who flounder.

Such a program must be comprehensive in covering the newborn when the parents bring their baby home, child care when the parents go to work and when the parents want to place their child in pre-kindergarten. Such a plan would not mandate a uniform solution from Washington but would allow the states to focus on the most pressing needs in their communities.

I would seek to repeal No Child Left Behind

Specifically, I am against vouchers, which represent a path towards privatization of our schools and also contribute to a growing trend toward home schooling, which often leaves students unprepared for their role in the greater society. Vouchers are also a means of de-funding our public schools as scarce dollars are taken from the budget for education overall.

I am for FULL funding of public schools with a targeted focus on those schools most in need. I am for full empowerment of educators including appropriate compensation with educator responsibility and accountability for achievement of credentials such as Masters preparation and curriculum specific certifications.

I am not in favor of merit pay.

I would seek any and all means to make college more, rather than less affordable for children of modest means. Increasing Pell grants represents one avenue.

I will be a friend of education, as I for one know the value of having the opportunity to learn.

I will use whatever means available at the federal level to insure that average kids have the opportunity to be all that they can be… through access to education.

For my full policy please visit http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=55

25. NASA and space exploration are important to Florida's economy. What priorities should Congress set regarding exploration, and what should be the next goal?

25.) So little in the way of what could have been accomplished in my lifetime so far has actually taken place. As a young boy I marveled at the early achievements of the space program. I stood on A1A and watched John Glenn drive by in his triumphant motorcade. My father used to be gone for days at a time as an employee of Lockheed when a launch was planned. As an elementary school boy the class would go outside to watch a launch from Satellite Beach.

As a boy I witnessed some of the history that was depicted in the movie, "The Right Stuff" while my father lived it! Following the Apollo missions, it was predicted that man would set foot on Mars by 1987. Here we are in 2012 with the rover "Curiosity" paving the way. The annual budget for NASA often was equaled by one month's budget for Iraq/Afghanistan. This is a fine example of skewed priorities.

At one point NASA was reported to have returned $8.00 for every dollar invested in new technologies and products. It is a given that America wants to "lead the world" in virtually everything. Then as the most visible and certainly the area of investigation with the most potential for return on investment, America must dream big and invest big in space exploration and NASA.

Commercial enterprise will play an increasing role as we witness the increasing success already apparent. While placing a man on Mars must be a goal as we stretch our earthly boundaries, placing an unmanned vehicle on Jupiter's moon Europa, where water is thought to exist is another goal.

The search for extraterrestrial life is moving ahead with more earth like planets discovered on an increasingly routine basis. All of these programs must be well funded, not just because it is the role of man to explore as a species, rather because the drive to accumulate knowledge should be insatiable and not constrained by shoestring budgets.

26. ) More than 4 million Floridians have no health insurance. What approach should Congress take to make sure they have health care?

26.) As a health care professional, (ARNP/MBA) and as a candidate for Congress I have previously advocated for a National Health Care Policy that incorporated an expansion of opportunity for enrollment into the Medicare program. As a candidate for congress in 2012, I stand firm in continuing to advocate for Medicare for ALL.

I will advocate for amending the Affordable Care Act to include as a choice in the state Health Care Exchanges an option for citizens of any age to enroll in Medicare. Medicare has proven its value over the past 47 years for both patients and practitioners. In a 2010 study of 4,000 adults the Commonwealth Fund found that only 8% of Medicare beneficiaries rated their insurance as fair or poor while 20% of adults with employer-sponsored plans and 33% of those who purchased their own insurance reported dissatisfaction with their coverage.

According to my plan, people/families who choose to enroll in Medicare would pay a premium based on their reported W-2 earnings. Thus premiums would be variable according to income with a maximum cap resulting in access to affordable comprehensive health care available to virtually all Americans. My plan would be a choice available through the health insurance exchange, not a mandate.

The "New Medicare" as I envision it, will prosper as my plan broadens the natural composition of the Medicare covered population to include younger people who are on average, minimal users of health care services. These new younger/healthier enrollees will through their premiums, dramatically strengthen the fiscal status of Medicare while simultaneously stimulating the momentum for what amounts to a single payer universally accessible health care option throughout this country.

The result of implementing the Medicare for All Plan will be that qualitative differences between socio-economic groups will diminish over time while also leveling the playing field for Small Business with that of Big Business. Given that the population of Medicare enrollees will become more balanced according to health status and age, Medicare's fiscal status will be dramatically improved.

I would advocate for the transition of Medicaid patients into the Medicare for All plan over time as a means of gaining further cost, quality and access to care advantages. Due to inherent efficiencies in Medicare compared to its private health insurance competitors, we could anticipate at minimum a 30% cost advantage for Medicare premiums over its private competition.

As I am aware of some areas where Medicare fraud is a problem, I would seek to investigate and rectify these areas of vulnerability as a means of maximizing efficiency in the program.

In the world marketplace as well, this program when fully implemented, will also level the world playing field for American business overall, in that the lifting of the burden of excessive health care costs from the back of business will positively alter the comparative cost paradigm of America versus its foreign competition. Please visit my website for additional details. http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78

27.) What should be done to ensure the future of Social Security and Medicare?

27.) As I have noted above the best means of protecting Medicare securing it for both the present and future, is to open enrollment in Medicare to Americans of all ages. The plan that I envision, would add Medicare to the list of choices on the State Insurance Exchanges that will occur as part of the Affordable Care Act when it is fully implemented.

Medicare is well regarded by both patients and providers alike. Opening enrollment to citizens of all ages would dramatically strengthen its fiscal stature. Allowing younger people and their families under the current enrollment age of 65 who use comparatively less health care than their older neighbors while paying premiums into the program, will bring fiscal and operational stability to the program.

The plan proposed by Rep. Ryan will not work well for the American people. I am speaking of the plan that was passed by the congress and voted for by incumbent Gus Bilirakis, not the rhetorical back pedaling that is taking place now that Paul Ryan has joined Mitt Romney as the Vice Presidential Nominee. Transforming traditional Medicare into a voucher plan with which people could purchase private insurance is not the answer.

The back-pedaling suggests that seniors would still be able to choose traditional Medicare if they did not want to use the voucher to purchase private insurance. What would happen is that healthy people would choose the perks marketed to them by the private insurers leaving only the sickest most costly people to remain with the program, which would eventually bleed it to death fiscally. Private insurance did not sell insurance to sick, elderly people 50-60 years ago and they will not today either.

As a provider of health care, I manage patient care for people who have coverage from Medicare and those who have private insurance and the Medicare Advantage Plans where people trade their Medicare for private insurance. When I order a test, there are no bureaucrats to deal with when a patient has Medicare.

However when a test such as a PET Scan or MRI is ordered on a patient who has private insurance very often it must be authorized by the insurer. This may involve a physician, hospital case manager or myself having to justify the test to customer service person who does not even understand what the test is working off some check list. I have seen people lives placed at risk, shortened or lost due to this sort of thing. I refer to this as "The Lawyering of Health Care." I stand resolute in my advocacy for open enrollment in Medicare for all Americans.

As to securing Social Security, I will advocate for reform as follows:

Solutions to Secure Social Security

My Platform

Support legislation that strengthens Social Securities basic tenets as a federally administered retirement, disability and premature death benefit insurance program.

Broaden the mandatory participation to include state and local governmental employees not currently participating, at an agreed upon age cutoff.

Support legislation making the FICA tax more income progressive by making the first $12,000 of "earned income" (Wages, Salary) exempt from the FICA tax with annual cost of living adjustments.

Increase immediately the cap on earnings subject to FICA taxation from the current level of $106,000 to $10,000,000 to be followed by annual adjustments over the next 8 years to a level of $50,000,000.

Earnings subject to the FICA tax shall be defined to include both "earned income" as well as "unearned income" among those who are below retirement age.

Earned as well as unearned income of Social Security beneficiaries over the current retirement age will be exempt from FICA tax up to $80,000 annually for those citizens who are above age 67 with an annual cost of living adjustment for both income and benefits.

Those citizens who upon reaching the age of retirement decide against taking Social Security Benefits will be accorded an exemption of FICA tax on the first $120,000 of both earned and unearned income annually.

Support legislation instituting some "Means Testing" of benefits at higher "retirement" income levels to include (earned and unearned income).

Raise or remove limits on retiree earnings "earned income" based on current definition of the federal retirement age of benefit eligibility.

Decrease or eliminate FICA taxation on retiree "earned" income.

Support investment of a maximum of 10% of surplus receipts by The Social Security Administration in conservative market investments in an attempt to increase overall earnings on Trust Fund investments.

Increase cap on IRA's to $100,000 to encourage savings.

Develop a program of federally sponsored defined contribution plans outside of and in addition to Social Security.

Act to re-institute federal pay as you go budget rules as a means of controlling federal spending.

Act to legislate a timeframe for gradual elimination of the practice of financing federal government deficit spending by "dipping" into The Social Security Trust Fund.

While President Obama's payroll tax cuts on their face appear populist, the underlying end result will be a less fiscally solvent Social Security Fund. The fight against the payroll tax cuts by conservative members of congress on the other hand is a false one, just as President Obama's fight on behalf of the payroll tax is faux as well. It is a political charade that in the end will leave all who look forward to the benefit of Social Security in our elder years (which is most of us!)... holding an empty bag.

My position is that a safer stimulus to the economy that would not harm Social Security would be to initiate a federal tax credit of $2,000 for each federal tax filer on the first $100,000 of income. Such a plan would provide far more stimulus to the economy without negatively impacting Social Security.

Historically there has always been a vocal group of conservatives who opposed Social Security on "ideological" grounds. Today this opposition philosophy endures, with its proponents e.g., Paul Ryan, taking what they believe to be their golden opportunity to weaken the program to such an extent, that it no longer provides guaranteed benefits at a level that sustains its popular support. While their larger effort is forestalled at present, they will be back, and we should be ready. Please recognize that their ideological goal, is not to secure Social Security, but to destroy it.

My platform as noted above will significantly strengthen the program, allowing the program to provide a more appropriate standard of benefits for the people who are most in need as it was intended to be. Strengthening Social Security is ever more important today as the American trust has been eroded by policy makers who have chosen their corporate benefactors over their constituents. Social Security for most will be their only source of retirement income as corporate America has walked away from pension obligations while a blatantly corrupt Wall Street has yet to be held to account. Details on Social Security: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=85

Details on Medicare for All Plan: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com/page.asp?PageId=78

28. ) What limits, if any, should Congress set on the president's power to order drone-strike assassinations of suspected terrorists outside a war-zone?

28.) I will advocate for legislation to prevent the President from ordering drone assassinations outside of a war zone. The drones are too easy to use and have also demonstrated that they are very easy to make mistakes with as well. Targeting as well as timing has proven to be a major pitfall when it comes to the use of drones.

I believe that they do offer a significant high ground advantage on the battlefield. However, drones should not be used in violation of sovereign borders unless the government has provided written official public permission for us to do so.

American influence in the world is not just based on our significant military advantage but also on the notion that we operate on and adhere to certain principles that place us above the less savory actors in the world.

29.) How should Congress address the continued use of military tribunals and indefinite detention for terror suspects?

29.) My position is to call for a repeal of section 1021 and 1022 of the NDAA. The Supreme Court ruled on June 29th, 2006 that the Authorization for the Use of Military Force did not give authority to President Bush to establish the tribunals therefore I am against the use of Military Tribunals. I would seek to repeal the Military Commissions Act.

Today post enactment of section 1021 of the National Defense Authorization Act any person in this country may be detained for any reason. Under the umbrella of the act, it is purely the government's prerogative to determine who is a threat to national security i.e., a terror suspect and who is not. Some legal experts have argued that the provisions only allow for detention for the duration of hostilities, however the nature of the war on terror is an indefinite one not unlike the war on drugs.

It is my position that all detainees should be held and have their cases legally adjudicated in a constitutionally conforming manner. As we see here the slope is becoming slippery as the Executive Branch argues for greater latitude in the application of legal precedents that fall outside the traditional bounds of basic constitutional law for not only foreign suspects, but American citizens as well.

If as a nation we adhere to the constitution for all suspects, then we avoid the further erosion of our fundamental freedoms. When looking at the security issue, one must consider the quote from Hermann Goebbels, "Once you have them in fear, the rest is easy." The focus since September 11, 2001 has been to use this terrible event as a rationale for we the people to relinquish our freedoms one by one. One can argue that we are quite a bit less free in so many ways as the security state takes hold.

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Congressional Candidate Questionnaire

Name: John Russell

Age : 56

Address: 17810 Hyland Lane Dade City, Fl. 33523

Contact Info: Cell 813-625-2822

Campaign Mgr. Ryan Sigley Cell 610-216-9400

Email: John@johnrussellforcongress.com

Website: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com

Occupation: Nurse Practitioner, Hematology/Oncology

(Nationally Certified in Acute Care Specialty)

MS/ARNP, MBA Health Systems Management

Political Affiliation: No Party Affiliation

Political Experience: Democratic Nominee for U.S. House, District 5, Florida in 2006 and 2008 vs. U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

Office Sought: U.S. House, District 12, Florida

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Questions

1.) Why are you running for this office?

I am running to return to the people "their voice in congress." I have learned that unless a person has something to "trade" for political favors, such as 100 checks for $2,500 each, then your voice will not be heard. Citizens United has dramatically worsened this inequity, as unlimited funds from the ultra rich and powerful control the people's "representatives" from BOTH major political parties. As a candidate, I have turned down such offers in the past and will again. This destructive paradigm offers the very clear reasoning behind my NPA registration status.

2.) Please identify the three top priorities for the person winning

your race. Identify each priority separately and explain in 150

words or less how you would address it.

a.) Reverse Economic Inequality: I will advocate for major economic/tax reform policies that will reverse economic inequality in this country. I would seek to accomplish this by advocating major reforms such as reinstating The Glass-Steagall Act and taking action to repeal The Commodities Futures Trading Act.

The Wall Street Journal has voiced its support for this policy as a means of restoring integrity to the banking system. I would restore income tax fairness by increasing taxes marginally on high-income brackets (details on my website), while removing the tax advantage of unearned income over earned income.

I would strengthen Social Security by making the first $10,000 of income exempt from FICA Tax, while simultaneously lifting the ceiling on income subject to FICA to $10 Million dollars annually. I would recommend adjusting benefits, and income caps for beneficiaries to more adequately reflect the needs of contemporary retirees. I would prohibit borrowing from the Trust fund.

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b.) Medicare for ALL: As a Nurse Practitioner who has current experience in the health care system providing care to cancer patients, I have pertinent knowledge that the incumbent does not; When it comes to understanding much less, developing/analyzing health care policy. I have specific preparation in the development of national health care policy, and as such, will advocate strongly for opening voluntary enrollment in Medicare for ALL citizens irrespective of age.

As a provider of health care, I have experienced along with my patients and colleagues the cost of having to deal with corporate bureaucrats who restrict access to medically appropriate health care in any number of ways. As a provider of health care, I advocate for my patients. As your congressman, I will advocate on YOUR behalf to ensure that you have access to quality affordable health care. (Again check my website for details)

c.) Campaign Finance/Election Reform: America must pursue dramatic Campaign Finance/Election Reform in order to once again return to the people their long forgotten "voice." Corporate America owns and operates our political system.

The American Legislative Exchange Council vets and advances candidates in state and local races who have "proven themselves" by playing ball with those who finance their campaigns.

The ONLY way in which Americans can take back their democracy from the façade that it has become, is to demand that money be diminished in importance in our elections.

Public campaign financing, providing equal access to the public airwaves for ALL qualified candidates, and mandatory broadcast debates would serve to focus the public's attention, while diminishing cost. (Details on my website)

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Section c.) cont'd

I will seek to repeal the Citizens United decision as well as advocate for legislation that reverses the notion of a fictitious entity such as a corporation being considered legally to be a person or money as speech.

3.) Why should voters choose you? Please respond in 100 words or less.

There is a crisis of integrity in government at every level. I am not a candidate because I need a career. I ask for your vote because I am sick of OUR interests being ignored or treated with sarcasm, by "name politicians" of BOTH major political parties who prefer to represent corporate interests to those of the voter.

I offer in response to this problem my broad education, professional background in health care and finance as well as political experience. I offer solutions to OUR problems as well, and as YOUR representative I can promise that I will not "Sell Out!"

4.) What qualifications do you bring to the job? In other words why

should voters choose you?

I ask the voters to compare the background and experience of the candidates, as well as the consequences to them regarding our varied positions on the issues. That is all I ask. I am not in need of a career. I offer a history of demonstrated academic/professional accomplishment that is transferable to the role of being an effective congressman.

It is significant to the role of being a congressman that those who wish to be considered for the position, have experience in making important judgments, working with a team, resisting coercion,

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Question 4.) cont'd

remaining accountable, while possessing the wisdom to consider consequences broadly as decisions are made.

I am truly interested in serving the interests of those who place me in office. As I stated earlier, the integrity of our political system is in need of repair. I humbly ask for your vote to begin the job of repairing it.

Thank you very much. John Russell

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Congressional Candidate Questionnaire 2

Name: John Russell

Age : 56

Address: 17810 Hyland Lane Dade City, Fl. 33523

Contact Info: Cell 813-625-2822

Campaign Mgr. Ryan Sigley Cell 610-216-9400

Email: John@johnrussellforcongress.com

Website: http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com

Occupation: Nurse Practitioner, Hematology/Oncology

(Nationally Certified in Acute Care Specialty)

MS/ARNP, MBA Health Systems Management

Political Affiliation: No Party Affiliation

Political Experience: Democratic Nominee for U.S. House, District 5, Florida in 2006 and 2008 vs. U.S. Rep. Ginny Brown-Waite.

Office Sought: U.S. House, District 12, Florida

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Questions

1.) What separate you from your competitors?

I ask the voters to compare the background and experience of the candidates, as well as the consequences to them regarding our varied positions on the issues. I am not in need of a career. I offer a history of demonstrated academic/professional accomplishment and integrity in the public sphere that is transferable to the role of being an effective congressman.

The future direction of health care remains in doubt. My professional background in health care uniquely positions me as the premier advocate for the general public in congress. My plan to correct the inadequacies of the Affordable Care Act with a Medicare for All option will ensure that access to comprehensive health care will be affordable for all Americans.

It is significant to the role of being a congressman that those who wish to be considered for the position, have experience in making important judgments, working with a team, resisting coercion,

and remaining accountable, while possessing the wisdom to consider consequences broadly as decisions are made. Visit http://www.johnrussellforcongress.com

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2.) What do you hope to accomplish in your first six months in office?

I will present my policy to modify the Affordable Care Act with my plan to add my Medicare for All Plan as an option in the Health Care Exchanges. My policy will enhance patient access as well as competition benefiting patients and providers alike over insurance companies.

I will author legislation that restores integrity/accountability to Wall Street. I will advocate reinstating The Glass-Steagall Act separating Investment Banking from Commercial Banking. I will advocate for criminal penalties on financial crimes to present a real deterrent to those who would act to repeat the crimes of the recent past.

I will act to strengthen Social Security by making the first $12,000 of income free from FICA tax for all, while lifting the cap on income subject to FICA to 10 Million immediately. I will advocate for treating unearned income (Dividends/Capitol Gains) the same as earned income (Wages/Salary/Tips) similarly for tax purposes.

3.) What do you hope to accomplish by the end of your term?

I will guarantee an action-oriented pattern of representation on your behalf. You may not like everything that I do, however I will be doing something to make your life and that of your friends and family demonstrably better. I want to ensure that my constituents see the prospects of improved access to better quality and more affordable health care as a direct result of my actions on their behalf.

I will expect that the cesspool that is Wall Street will tread a little more carefully as a result of my actions to mount investigations into past indiscretions, hold those responsible accountable and to put in place criminal penalties in place as a deterrent for future potential perpetrators. I will work tirelessly to return the citizen's voice to politics by fighting to place restrictions on money in politics. I am running to serve you!

4.) List your political endorsements.

1.) Personal Endorsement by David Cobb, 2004 Green Party Candidate for President who together with Libertarian Party Candidate Michael Badnarek initiated the recount in Ohio. Mr. Cobb is the national spokesperson for Move to Amend, which seeks to overturn the infamous Supreme Court decision of Citizen's United which opened the floodgates to limitless corporate money in politics.

2.) National NPA Coalition


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