September 11, 2018
Meeting was called to order by Carol Johnson at 7:30am. Josh from Rep. Kilmer’s office led the pledge.
Dave Hennessey, new resident, moved recently from China and owns a web design company.
Kevin H moved to accept August 28th meeting minutes, seconded by Dick P. Motion passed.
Government Affairs meeting after will talk about OMC’s Medicare cut proposal and follow up on housing issue.
Peggy’s thought of the day: “Though you only live once, if you do it right, once is enough” by Mae West.
A moment of silence was held in remembrance of 9/11.
Program: Candidates for 6th District – Derek Kilmer (incumbant) and Dr. Douglas Dightman
Rep. Kilmer could not attend. Josh Cole from his office gave an opening statement: He has enjoyed representing this district and, having worked in economic development, will continue working on access to broadband, legislative support for small business, and the Olympic Forest Collaborative. He’s always supported public schools and understands the need to protect the environment. CNN has called him a Rising Star and the Washington Post lists him as a top “10 most effective” for a reason.
Dr. Douglas Dightman practices family medicine in Shelton and spent 3 years practicing in Forks. He decided to run in order to be innovative, try new things and continue economic improvement without a stalemate. Economic panels don’t make the best decisions. It takes different people in DC, fresh blood, small business owners, teachers, lawyers, etc. He wants to set an example for change. He plans to run for only one term.
Thoughts on term limits for Congress
2 terms, possibly 3 if the person is running for a leadership position. Senate is a career position, he is ok with 12-18 years.
Privatizing social security
He is worried about losing it and doesn’t agree about privatization. it is supposed to be an insurance program and all deserve the benefit of it. He does not see the doom on the horizon and thinks it can be saved. It shouldn’t be the only retirement method. After finding out ow much they really need to fund it, if they need to cut then that’s what they should do. Spending should be where appropriate. Federal government shouldn’t spend over $100M on education, it should be at the state level.
Thoughts on Medicare / Medicaid in rural healthcare.
Electronic medical records are terrible, that’s what happens when government tells you what to do. The problem with universal healthcare is the younger generation is unwilling to work for coverage.
He believes the policies of the current staff are on target. He doesn’t agree with disrespect for women and use of Twitter. He believes we should stick with the tax reform we have and should put money in the hands of people and businesses. It’s a grand experiment we need to do.
30% of healthcare costs are wasted on admin tasks.
There is a learning curve in any new position, how do you handle that in two years? How do you develop leadership?
Dr. Dightman said there is a difference between federal and local leadership. At the federal level, experts should be brought in. You can’t expect to know everything. Connections are part of the problem – the people need to control the agenda. Staff is a tool and won’t jeopardize their jobs by providing false info. He believes in human nature.
Only provide Pell Grants is concerning. If you take the budget away how do you provide everyone’s civil right to college? Having not enough income is where the Pell comes in. More people are taking loans. It is a fundamental right and they are not going about it the right away.
He believes that forests belong to the state and should be not under federal rule.
He has never been in politics, noticed the 6th district changing, and voted for Trump. People need to have a choice. He has not heart from the State Republican party.
What 3 bills would he sponsor?
Ensuring insurance companies cannot change the formulary when a doctor has someone stable on meds. Second, making sure tax reform stays. Third, healthcare reform: get insurance companies out of it.
Biggest difference with Rep. Kilmer?
Fiscal mostly. He’ll vote for a balanced budget where Kilmer didn’t. He’d make federal government smaller. Kilmer wants to protect the largest employer in the district which is the federal government. He also disagrees with the arms ban.
Pamela Hastings. Interested in creating a makerspace and in the affordable housing issue.
How do you make decisions? He helps his patients make their own. They need to use experts/specialists just like in medicine.
Final comment: Our forefather’s believed that the House of Representatives would serve, then go back to their jobs. They would have more control over what happens in their lives.
Carol J talked about being proud of 4H kids showing and interacting with public. It is an important program.
Government Affairs Committee will meet right after this meeting.
Meeting adjourned at 8:30am.