An Evansville woman has filed for the Republican nomination for Congress but it is unlikely you will see her on your doorstep anytime soon. Rachel Covington of Evansville has filed for the Eighth District Congressional seat even though she is living in Japan right now.
“I grew up in Vanderburgh County, however I finished my degree in Tokyo,and I got a job offer to be a teacher so I work in Tokyo now,” said Covington.
Covington calls herself a moderate Republican. She said that separates her from incumbent Dr. Larry Bucshon and challenger Dr. Richard Moss who she describes as conservatives.
She points to several issues that drew her into the race for congress.
“The federal debt situation is not good and we need more people who will vote against deficits,” said Covington. “Marijuana should be legalized in the USA, the federal government should pull out of conflicts abroad and I believe that most people in the district agree with these. As a result I believe I will better represent the people of this district.”
Covington praised the recently passed tax bill but has other issues with Congress.
“I’m glad that they passed tax cuts, but I would have liked to see citizenship based taxation repealed as part of that,” she said. “The USA is one of only two countries in the world, the other being Eritrea, which taxes people abroad based on citizenship and not on residency. I’m not happy with the government deficit and the fact that it was voted to increase the debt even more. If elected, I plan to vote against any budget that doesn’t show a surplus.”
She also wants to see an end to the impact big money is having on politics. She says the only money she will put toward her campaign is what she or her family put into it.
“I’m hoping to lead by example and show that campaigns can win without large amounts of money,” she said. “So change can happen outside of the law needing to be changed. In an ideal situation, I would be able to pass laws that limit campaign financing, however with the amount of big money influence there is, I want to use my time there to try to win battles that are more realistic to win first, and have campaign finance reform as a stretch goal.”
Without campaign cash though and working half a world away Covington is convinced she can still get out her message of utilitarian philosophy in which she wants to support those policies that will do the most good for the most people.
“I have a hypothesis that when people vote, especially for congress, that they research online to find the candidate’s viewpoints to see which candidate’s views align with theirs the most,” said Covington. “Then they vote for that person. Making my viewpoints available online doesn’t cost a lot of money, especially since I run and maintain my campaign website myself. If people have questions about any of my positions, then they can message me. I want my views to be available for people to check online.”
One part of those views is on healthcare. Covington says her years abroad have given her a different perspective of the issue and allowed her to come up with her own unique plan.
“My experience with healthcare in Japan and Norway have both been overall better than my experience in the USA, and both for sure are more affordable,” said Covington. “I have a proposal called CovingtonCare, which long story short, would have states who want a federal single payer system be able to enroll into that, and states that want their own systems will be allowed to do so as well. The opt-out states would be given money for their state programs based on a per person cost in the opt-in states. I personally think that single payer healthcare is the most efficient use of money, and if a single payer federal plan for all states comes to a vote I would vote for it.
“However, given the current political climate, having a compromise solution such as CovingtonCare could be more likely to pass, and at least some states would be able to benefit from a single payer system. If CovingtonCare were to become the law then it would be great to find out which side is right, the single payer healthcare supporters or the free market supporters. The only requirement for the states who opt-out so far could be that the FDA would need to approve of medicine and devices, but other than that, the opt-out states would be left to their own regulations. This system would repeal Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and the Affordable Care Act (ACA, otherwise known as Obamacare) subsidies.”
Covington says she hopes that come May 8 her unconventional campaign reaches those conventional voters when they go to cast a ballot.
“People should vote based on which candidate fits their view the most,” said Covington.
To find out more about the Rachel Covington campaign you can go to https://www.facebook.com/Covington-for-Congress-875126375904680/?ref=br_rs.