Mongiardo represents the bottom half of the Democratic Party ticket in 2007, running with former Attorney General Steve Beshear. Both candidates have unsuccessfully sought seats in the U.S. Senate. The Cadiz Record caught up with Mongiardo’s busy campaign at GFB Industries in the Trigg County Industrial Park.
“People from Trigg County to Harlan County are hungry for a type of leadership that is competent, honest, experienced and with integrity. Whatever problem comes our way, if we have character, it will be easier to solve properly,” said Mongiardo.
As a physician, Mongiardo said that the greatest challenge facing the state is health care. “We want to see affordable healthcare available for all Kentuckians. Right now, only 81,000 children in the state and 500,000 people total have insurance. Our goal to make sure everyone has it.”
He added, “The old bag of tricks means cutting services to get a lower cost plan. That hurts everyone. Henry Ford built cars by hand in 1910. Today we could not afford them. In 1910, a physician would examine a patient, scribble something on a piece of paper, and make notes in a chart on the wall. This is the same model we have today. We can modernize. Thirty percent of health care cost is administrative, and 10 percent of all tests are repeated because records are lost. We need to use an information technology system in health care, and focus on wellness programs and prevention. We can’t throw more money into a failing system.”
Read about Mongiardo's visit in the July 25 Cadiz Record.