Monday June 4, 2018
The candidates were asked identical questions about three key issues.
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The candidates were asked identical questions about three key issues. Reading Eagle reporter Beth Brelje conducted the interviews. Other races will be featured throughout the summer.
Home: Easttown Township, Chester County
Education: Earned a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering from Stanford University and a master's degree in technology and public policy from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Background: A former Air Force officer and later a top executive at AND1 footwear before becoming a chemistry teacher and nonprofit executive.
Home: Pennsbury Township, Chester County
Education: Graduated from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and Widener University Delaware Law School.
Background: A tax attorney licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey..
Should able-bodied Medicaid recipients be required to work in order to keep the benefit?
Houlahan: I think health care is a basic and fundamental right, so I struggle with the question. It's difficult to define able-bodied. Should “able-bodied” be the litmus test for whether you have access to health care? I have a high-functioning relative with autism. Should he be able to have health care based on what a lawmaker in D.C. says? Everybody should have access to quality affordable health care. We need to improve affordability and quality. One of the bigger reasons I'm motivated to run is that I believe health care is a human right.
McCauley: Yes. If they are able-bodied and able to work I think it would be good for them and taxpayers if they worked. We know the current system is not sustainable. I would encourage more Americans to pursue health care policies in the marketplace subject to competition. We are going to need better solutions and tweaks to the Affordable Care Act. We don't want to push everybody onto a Medicaid expansion. That would be unsustainable and it would become bloated and subject to corruption. Health care should be as local as possible. Let's get it to the states, and states can give it to cities and county governments to oversee.
What gun control measures would you support that have the best chance of reducing or eliminating mass shootings?
Houlahan: I'm a military person myself — third generation. There is a time and a place for what I believe to be military-grade weapons. I don't believe there is a place in our society for larger-scale weapons. I am for the Second Amendment: People should be able to protect themselves and hunt. But there are commonsense things we can do to reduce gun violence. Mental health should be funded better. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other researchers should not be restricted in their research. We should have universal background checks, and reinstate the assault-rifle weapons ban. I was a former teacher where guns and gun violence were in the communities around my classrooms — North Philadelphia, Simon Gratz High School. And my husband's cousin Peter Houlahan was a first responder at the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Conn. This has been a part of our family's conversation for a long time.
McCauley: We have to make sure we prevent any firearm from falling into the wrong hands. My son is a high school student. I want to make sure he, his teachers and other students are safe, and I want the public to be safe in their everyday work. All firearms transactions should go through the National Instant Criminal Background Check System. This would close the private sale loophole and it would prevent people from crossing state lines and buying firearms that they would not be able to buy in their home state due to a criminal record. Before we worry about what should or should not be legal, we need to enforce a universal background check that will make it impossible for someone with a mental illness to obtain a firearm.
This story has been updated to correct the home county of Greg McCauley.
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