Record-Courier Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District

Wednesday, October 24, 2018
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Record-Courier Profiles Race for Ohio’s 14th District
Rader highlights healthcare and government reform as key issues

Novelty, OH – On Tuesday, Ken Lahmers with the Record-Courier profiled the race for Ohio’s 14th Congressional District. Lahmer’s piece highlights key issues in the election, such as healthcare, money in politics, education, and creating good-paying jobs.

Record-Courier: David Joyce faces challenge from Betsy Rader in Ohio’s 14th district

October 23, 2018
Ken Lahmers
Key Points:

  • Rader is an attorney who represents victims of unemployment discrimination. She said she plans to focus on lowering health care and prescription drug costs, expanding the job market and repairing the broken campaign finance system.
  • Rader is a life-long Ohioan, born in Coshocton. She attended Ohio State University and Yale Law School, and said has spent her life advocating for people and causes big and small in Northeast Ohio. She was director of Geauga County’s advocacy program for abused children, was senior counsel at the Cleveland Clinic, served on the board of Cleveland Legal Aid and worked at Medicare and Medicaid designing cost-effective, high-quality care for patients.
  • “At a time when our president is creating chaos and divisiveness, I want to be a part of restoring our values,” she said. “I believe now is a critical turning point when we all must do everything we can to put this country on the right track.
  • “I believe government should represent the interests of the people, not narrow corporate special interests, and that our government should protect us, including the protection of equality of opportunity.
  • “The cost of health care is far too high,” Rader said. “We must reduce the cost of prescription drugs, starting with allowing government to negotiate prices with pharmaceutical companies and prohibiting ‘pay for delay’ deals that keep generic drugs from entering the market.
  • “We need to continue to help the job creators remain competitive in a global economy, and we still need to stand up to China’s unfair trade practices,” she said. “We also need to make sure economic security for our middle class remains a priority.”
  • Rader says another priority is to give people the option of buying into Medicare. “This would give consumers a lower-cost insurance alternative, lower the cost of private insurance by creating more competition in the market and improve the risk pool for Medicare,” she said.
  • She said that a continued investment in the future of the economy is very important. “Congress should make public investments in infrastructure jobs to repair roads and schools while also strengthening our broadband infrastructure and water / sewage systems that will help address pollution in our Great Lakes,” she said. “Congress also must encourage jobs to stay in America, because although American workers can compete with the best in the world, they are not on a level playing field when businesses move jobs to countries that don’t protect their workers or the environment.”
  • Rader said there are many critical issues facing local residents, “but our voices and concerns are being drowned out by the powerful special interests; our elected leaders are looking out for their donors instead of their constituents. “That’s why I’ve taken the No Corporate PAC and Town Hall pledges. It’s important for voters to know that I’ll look out for them in Congress, not some moneyed special interest,” she said.