Vernon Parker Announces for Congress; Calls on Fellow Candidates to Sign Pledge to Repeal ObamaCare

Vernon Parker Announces for Congress; Calls on Sen. Sinema and Fellow Candidates to Sign Pledge to Repeal ObamaCare

Tempe, AZ – Today, on the second anniversary of Obamacare, Vernon Parker, joined by campaign Co-Chairman Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman, announced his candidacy for Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District. At his announcement Parker called on all of his fellow candidates, both Republican and Democrat to join him in pledging to vote for a repeal of Obamacare.

“I was raised by my grandmother and during my early years I saw firsthand the desperation that so many lower income families feel, and came to the realization that the only way to succeed in life is through hard work. It’s a perseverance that my grandmother instilled in me as a young man, through college, law school , in the White House and as Mayor. It’s that tireless perseverance that will allow me to represent the people of Arizona in Congress and to always remember where I came from and what a difference one determined individual can make,” said Parker.

“Today I start the most important journey of my life, to represent the people of Arizona in Congress. We must find common sense solutions to fixing our economy, lowering gas prices, getting our housing market working again and to repealing the disastrous law known as Obamacare,” said Parker. “That’s why I am asking my fellow candidates to join me in pledging to vote for a repeal of Obamacare.”

“I invite the people of Arizona to join me in this struggle and together we can get our country back on track,” concluded Parker.

A copy of the letter sent to all candidates is below.

Vernon Parker previously served in the administrations of both Presidents Bush, and was Mayor of Paradise Valley where he cut spending by 29%, and is currently on the Town Council. Parker is seeking the Republican nomination to Congress from Arizona’s Ninth Congressional District.

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March 21, 2012

The Honorable Kyrsten Sinema
PO Box 25879

Tempe, AZ 85285

Dear Kyrsten:

As you know, today is the second anniversary of Obamacare, and in a few days’ time the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments about the legality of the law. It is my sincere hope they do the right thing and overturn the law for its unconstitutional individual mandate provision. However, we must be prepared to take legislative action, and I write to you today to urge you to join me in pledging to the people of Arizona and the ninth Congressional district to repeal this disastrous law.

Nancy Pelosi infamously said, “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” As you know the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office last week reported that the legislation will cause 20 million Americans to lose their employer sponsored coverage, rates for those lucky enough to keep it will rise by more than 10%, and the overall cost of the program more than doubled.

The truth is over 80% of Americans like their existing coverage, and I agree with former Congressman John Shadegg who said it best, “Why don’t the politicians just fix what’s broken—cover those without care and people with pre-existing conditions?” My wife is a cancer survivor, and our family understands how difficult it can be to find affordable health insurance.

President Obama’s plan is the wrong solution to an urgent problem. We can replace this legislation with legislation that improve access and bring down costs. It’s common sense, something that seems to be lacking in Washington, D.C.

As you know the President’s plan adds nearly $2.4 trillion in additional debt to the already massive $14 trillion national debt that has been saddled upon the American people. We can do better than pass these costs onto our children and grandchildren.

It’s also a massive expansion of government creating 159 new government bureaucracies. We can both agree that patients should be in charge of their healthcare, not government bureaucrats.

The law also hurts seniors with a $500 billion cut to Medicare and the elimination of Medicare Advantage. Too many seniors have come to rely on the services they receive and can’t afford to lose them, they deserve better than that.

We can replace this legislation with legislation that improves access and bring down costs. It’s common sense, something that seems to be lacking in Washington, D.C.

Sincerely,

Vernon Parker

Candidate for Congress


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