SILVER SPRING – Republican candidates for the 8th U.S. Congressional District focused heavily on health care reform at a forum at Leisure World on Monday.
Shelton Skolnick, a Montgomery County attorney, Aryeh Shudofsky and Gus Alzona came together to discuss the issues they would focus on if elected.
Almost 50 people attended the event.
Skolnick and Alzona spoke about health care issues that plague the senior citizen community.
They said the Social Security tax should be eliminated right now. As of now, tax is collected on the first $118,000 in income.
Skolnick said he had ideas as to what could replace President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act.
Medicare Part A, which applies to hospital care, should be expanded to all Americans, which would reduce private insurance costs and provide an incentive for the government to audit hospitals, Skolnick said.
In order to lower prescription drug prices, there should be a ban on advertising them on television and radio.
“It it’s simple; it will be easy to enforce,” Sklonick said.
He said he has a proposal that includes a Social Security life insurance policy that would increase a person’s benefits by 50 percent if they delayed receiving Social Security benefits.
Skolnick said his proposal would increase benefits and help the government because people would wait longer to receive their benefits.
Skolnick said if Congress does not pass the budget by July 31, it should work five days a week with no vacations, recesses or holidays until it is passed and signed by the president.
Shudofsky said Medicare and Medicaid both have issues that need to be fixed, where all options “should be on the table” when possible solutions are discussed.
He also suggested putting Earned Income Tax Credit payments into paychecks rather than as a lump sum during tax season.
Shudofsky also put emphasis on job training, as well as making financial literacy mandatory for high school seniors.
People should know how to balance a checkbook and be fiscally responsible, and these mandatory classes will help to do that, he said.
He criticized the Obama administration’s sanctions on Iran for testing two ballistic missiles as weak, calling for reimposing harsher economic penalties.
Alzona kept his speech short, saying he does support repealing the Affordable Care Act as well.
After the meeting, Alzona said he would fight to keep the regulation that allows people up to 26 years old can stay on their parents’ insurance.
Alzona said that if the act could not be repealed and replaced with a better option, the act would have to be “tweaked” to be more patient-, family- and doctor-friendly.
Alzona said people vote for the person, not the party.