SILVER SPRING, MD (June 12, 2012) - GOP Senate candidate Dan Bongino spoke to nearly 60 Riderwood residents today in the Encore Theater who came to hear his views on issues that affect everyone. He visited Riderwood at the invitation of the resident-run Republican Club.
Bongino, who is a former U.S. Secret Service agent and a small business entrepreneur, spoke for about an hour, taking questions from the audience. He then was interviewed 'live' via telephone from the Riderwood campus by FOX NEWS correspondent Geraldo Rivera for a national newscast.
Bongino, a former top ranked member of the Secret Service's elite Presidential Protective Division, said he supports reductions in tax rates and simplification of the tax code. He also said he will prioritize education and effect Immigration reform if he is elected to the Senate. He said he will encourage foreign investment.
He said he will support measures that strengthen the health care system. "For Americans under 55 years of age we must re-tool the system to find a better way of delivering quality care," he said. "Discounting for the future, the current Medicare account deficits run into the tens of trillions of dollars. This is a multiple of the entire value of everything produced in the U.S. economy and is clearly not sustainable. This deficit has occurred for a number of reasons but the primary reason is the increasing role of government in the role of "third party payer" in a "fee for service" model.
"This discourages competition on the supply side and price discrimination on the demand side. I believe a voucher based system, controlled by the senior, and appropriately indexed, encourages our next generation of seniors to actively seek out those providers that provide them the best value," he said. "And, of equal importance, it encourages providers to provide competitive prices for their services and quality care. It gives economic power and choice back to seniors and takes it away from unelected bureaucrats."