Cleveland Plain Dealer Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District

Friday, October 19, 2018
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Cleveland Plain Dealer Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District
Rader highlights lowering the cost of healthcare & prescription drugs, big money in politics as key issues

Novelty, OH – On Thursday, Sabrina Eaton, reporter for the Plain Dealer/, profiled the race for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. The piece highlights that Betsy is running as a reformer, whose top priorities include lowering the cost of healthcare and prescription drugs, and getting big money out of politics.

Eaton’s piece highlighted important issues in the election, including healthcare, money in politics, trade, the GOP tax bill, job creation, immigration, gun violence, women’s rights, and President Trump.

Plain Dealer: Dave Joyce vs. Betsy Rader: Ohio congressional races to watch

October 18, 2018
Sabrina Eaton
Key Points:

  • In a year when Democratic women are energized by distaste for Trump, [Joyce is] being challenged by Russell Township attorney Betsy Rader, who says she’s running as a reformer.
  • Rader says the corporate political action committee money that Joyce and other politicians accept for their campaigns taints politics, and individuals with enormous amounts of money to throw into the political system are making people “lose their faith in democracy and in our system.”
  • “Regular people feel like they don’t have much of a voice anymore,” says Rader, 57. She said she decided to run for Congress because she was upset that Joyce and other Republicans campaigned on repealing the Affordable Care Act “with no apparent plan to replace it.”
  • Rader, who has worked for the Cleveland Clinic and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, is making health care a centerpiece of her campaign.
  • She supports changing the law so the government can negotiate lower prescription drug prices, and banning agreements that delay the release of less expensive generic drugs. She also backs allowing people to buy into  Medicare, which is not the same thing as a “Medicare for All” plan that Joyce has accused her of supporting in campaign ads.
  • The Affordable Care Act should be built upon and improved, says Rader, who criticizes Joyce for having voted to repeal it multiple times.
  • Rader says the Republican party’s piecemeal efforts to take it apart jeopardize its protection. She says its mandate that everyone have coverage – which Republicans rejected – created a broader risk pool that made it financially viable for insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions.
  • “It all worked as a package to provide affordable care for this country that wouldn’t skyrocket the deficit,” says Rader. “He says he doesn’t like what Ryan came up with, but he has been in Congress for six years and has campaigned on repealing it over and over again.”
  • Rader describes the tax bill as a “huge permanent tax cut for the wealthiest corporations and people in this country.” Instead, she says Republicans  should have focused on providing tax incentives for job retraining. She says the tax package escalated the deficit, was fiscally irresponsible, and that Republicans will target programs like Social Security and Medicare to pay for it.
  • Rader says Trump has been a “negative influence” on the United States, who dealt recklessly with international affairs, and failed to hold leaders like Kim Jong Un, Vladimir Putin and Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for human rights violations. “I am really concerned that we have lost our moral position as a country that will stand up to these things and speak out against them and make a difference and be a beacon of hope and peace,” says Rader.  
  • Joyce says that Trump has done a “pretty good job” in unleashing the American economy’s power, and “being forceful in trying to make sure other nations know we are for free and fair trade, but will stand up for ourselves and our allies around the world.”
  • “I know some people may not like the way the president speaks or tweets, but you can separate that from what got done in his administration,” says Joyce.