On the Issues
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Mark is a stalwart supporter of conservative principles and a proponent of limited government, individual liberty, and strict Constitutional interpretation.
While practicing medicine over two decades, Mark saw the adverse affects of government over-regulation and intrusion. He has read and studied the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), and he understands the intolerable erosion of individual liberty that this healthcare boondoggle will engender. As a retired physician, he has closely followed other healthcare reform issues, including the proposed expansion of Medicaid in Virginia and the opinion of the Attorney General on the unconstitutionality of the newly created Medicaid Innovation and Reform Commission.
Outside of the healthcare field, Mark sees the same expansion of government beyond its intended bounds. The adverse effects of such government growth are legion—from jeopardizing the financial stability of our country and the states, distorting the free market system, and restricting parental autonomy, to corrupting the moral fiber of our society. It is even endangering our right of religious expression, our second Amendment gun rights, and other individual rights guaranteed by our Constitution.
It has become readily apparent that the centralization of governmental authority must be reversed. Fiscal restraint must be re-established, and the sovereignty of the people must be restored.
Mark believes that the Commonwealth of Virginia has a very important role to play in this regard. Our Delegates and Senators must push back against the over-reaching Federal Branch of government and the Federal bureaucracy. They must constrain the Commonwealth's own bureaucracy. They must allow regulatory and statutory authority to devolve to lower levels of government—closer and more responsive to the people—in those subject areas where that is possible.
As a member of the Virginia House of Delegates, Mark will work to make the legislature more responsive and more accountable to the people. He will join those delegates already in the House who are taking a stand for fundamental Republican principles—equal rights, justice, and opportunity for all; fiscal responsibility and budgetary restraint; preservation of individual liberty; a free enterprise system; a strong national defense; and the belief that faith in God is essential to the moral fiber of the Nation.