Korey Reiman Would Be A Fighter For Senior Citizens, Veterans And Women
Lincoln Attorney Korey Reiman is our candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Congressional District 1 and is challenging longtime incumbent Jeff Fortenberry for the seat. Unlike Fortenberry (who grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana), Reiman is a lifelong Nebraskan who grew up on a farm in Pawnee County. Reiman earned his undergraduate degree at Peru State College and graduated from the Nebraska College of Law in 1999. Since Reiman graduated from law school, his law practice has focused on veterans' benefits and criminal defense.
Reiman entered the race because Fortenberry isn't the moderate he pretends to be and has cast many votes that are harmful to senior citizens, veterans and women. Even though Fortenberry tries to lead people to believe he is a mainstream conservative who reflects Nebraska values, his record shows that he frequently votes with the most extreme members of his party.
While he has been a member of the House of Representatives, Fortenberry has voted twice in favor of the Paul Ryan Medicare privatization plan. The Ryan/Fortenberry plan would convert the Medicare guarantee into a voucher, bring back pre-existing condition clauses, and cost the average senior $60,000.00 in additional out of pocket medical expenses over the course of their retirement.
Last year, Fortenberry continued to posture as a moderate when he claimed he was no longer beholden to corporate lobbyist Grover Norquist's no new taxes pledge. It's true that Fortenberry has (partially) bucked the Norquist line on the tax issue but Fortenberry's votes on taxes indicate that he doesn't share Nebraska's values. Fortenberry voted for taxes cuts for the wealthy when he supported the Ryan plan since this regressive budget plan reduces taxes for the wealthy and corporations. On the other hand, though, Fortenberry voted against the payroll tax cut aimed at the middle class that has put an additional $1,000.00 in the average workers' pocket this year.
Fortenberry has also demonstrated his extremism by his vote in favor of the Blunt Amendment. The Fortenberry/Blunt amendment would allow institutions, small businesses and others to refuse to provide medical services that violate their beliefs. What this means is that Fortenberry's legislation would make it so that employers would be free to decide whether to cover contraception for their employees.
Apparently, Fortenberry's idea of freedom of choice doesn't extend to all Americans, just to those who do the hiring. Reiman believes that women's (and others) health care coverage is their business and not that of their employers. In other words, Reiman believes that employees should have the freedom to seek whatever health care services they deem necessary and that the boss doesn't have the power to make those choices for them.
The Democratic challenger (correctly) believes that Fortenberry has become overly influenced by the well-heeled special interests that finance his campaigns and has lost touch with the concerns of the citizens of his district. It's evident that Fortenberry talks the talk about being a moderate but he doesn't walk the walk. Fortenberry consistently votes with the radical elements of the GOP.
Korey Reiman has pledged to maintain and improve Obama Care. He also has come out in opposition to the Ryan/Fortenberry Medicare plan. The repeal of Obama Care and the enactment of the Ryan plan would badly harm the interests of senior citizens. This is because the enactment of Fortenberry's extreme agenda would bring back pre-existing condition clauses and cost senior citizens an additional $6,000.00 in annual out-of-pocket medical expenses.
The return of pre-existing condition clauses would simply make health insurance unaffordable - if not unavailable - to veterans because many of them have come back from combat zones with medical conditions they contracted while defending our country. Reiman strongly rejects Fortenberry's belief that our veterans should finance the enactment of yet more tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations by paying more for their own necessary health care.
The voters of Congressional District 1 appear to be catching on to Fortenberry's extremism and have become receptive to Reiman's message.
It's time for Nebraskans to get behind Korey Reiman in his effort to end the job killing gridlock in Washington, D.C., which has been created by the radical Republicans like Fortenberry. Korey Reiman can restore Nebraska
Dennis Crawford is our newly elected 2nd Associate Chair. He will begin serving his term on the NDP's executive board at the first State Central Committee meeting following November's election. Thank you to Dennis for his contribution to the NDP's blog.