- NameMatt Heinz
- Party Affiliationdemocrat
- Start TimeJuly 16, 2012 2012-07-16T00:00:00-0700
Office: Congressional District 2
Employer and Position: Hospital physician, Tucson Medical Center; Arizona State Representative.
Education: Bachelor’s in chemistry, Albion College; Research fellowship in vascular surgery, Harvard Medical School; Medical degree, Wayne State University School of Medicine; Residency and internship, internal medicine, University of Arizona.
Political Experience: State representative, 2009 to present; Minority whip, State House of Representatives, 2010; Lost in bid to become state representative in 2006.
Top priority: Build consensus while defending civil liberties to mend healthcare, education, women’s issues, and economy.
How would you use your position as an elected official to help businesses create jobs in Southern Arizona?
In the shorter term, the surest way to create jobs is to invest in the potential of Americans to invent new goods and services. I support expanding programs like the America COMPETES Act – a law that gives federal agencies the power to issue “X-Prize” style competitions. In a 21 st century economy, federal X-Prizes can be the catalyst to stimulate new ideas and innovation that will grow the American economy.
Southern Arizona’s infrastructure is falling apart and more than 1.3 million Americans who have worked in the construction industry remain unemployed. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates Pima County as a “C-“ in infrastructure. As your congressman, I will fight for increased funding for infrastructure to create more jobs immediately and build the tools we need to stay economically competitive in the long term.
Should the qualifications for Medicaid or AHCCCS be broadened to make more people eligible?
Yes, Medicaid/AHCCCS should be broadened to make more people eligible. In 2011, Gov. Jan Brewer and the Republican-controlled legislature slashed funding for thousands of low income adults. Under the current Arizona Medicaid program, many of Arizona's most vulnerable populations will continue to be left without coverage.
While I applaud the Supreme Court’s ruling on the individual mandate and other critical provisions of the Affordable Care Act, I am concerned that the decision regarding Medicaid expansion allows states to ignore millions of our lowest income families. Without a requirement for states to include these families, hundreds of thousands of Arizonans remain in jeopardy and without access to basic health care.
With new uncertainties surrounding the now optional Medicaid expansion, we must work to encourage state participation in the expansion of the program to ensure that all Americans can go to the doctor without threat of bankruptcy.
If you were in a position to vote on SB1070, would you have voted for or against it?
As the state representative for LD 29, I voted against SB 1070 in April of 2010. I continue to oppose SB 1070’s reckless threat to the civil rights and liberties of my constituents and fellow Americans. I recognize the importance of providing our law enforcement agencies with the material support to secure our borders and protect our citizens. I stand by my record of supporting local law enforcement with the equipment needed to confront increasingly well-armed and violent cartels and human traffickers. However, I cannot support the provisions in SB 1070 that put lawful citizens and residents at risk of illegal detention based on the way they look and sound.
In a world of finite resources, what if anything would you be willing to cut to better fund education?
I support cutting taxes breaks provided to the top 1% income earners in order to better fund education. As a physician from a working class background, I believe that education is the long term solution for promoting economic mobility and creating the good jobs that will last in a 21st century economy. Yet, as of November 2011 there were over 3.2 million available jobs in the U.S. unfilled because of the lack of trained workers. We need to invest in education, particularly in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.
Should local government fight to keep the Rosemont Copper Mine out or encourage the company to stay?
I oppose the Rosemont Copper Mine as currently proposed because we must protect our water supply. Jobs are extremely important but there is no clear indication that the mine’s potential benefit outweighs the potential risk to the community’s future sustainability.
What is the most important issue in your race?
Improving health care is my life’s work. With the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding the Affordable Care Act, states are not mandated to expand Medicaid. We must work together so we can increase access to basic care for everyone who may fall through the cracks.
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|CD 2 Democratic primary||Arizona 2nd Congressional District||2012||National||Primary|