Inam Hussain: Candidate profile
City: Villa Park
Office sought: U.S. House Congressional Seat, District 8
Family: Married 43 years with 4 kids and 5 grandkids
University of Illinois, Cook County Hospital, Chicago, Sr. Anesthesiology Resident, 1994-1995
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Anesthesiology Residency, 1992-1994
University of Illinois, Michael Reese Hospital, Chicago, Fellow of Nuclear Medicine, 1990-1992
NY Medical College Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, Clinical Internship, 1989-1990
Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, Research Assistant, 1985-1989
Mt. Sinai Hospital, Chicago, Sr. Nuclear Technologist, 1985-1989
Universidad Mundial Dominicana, Santo Domingo, D.R., M.D. Degree, 1982-1985
Civic involvement: Board of MedGlobal, Philanthropist and Human Rights Advocate
Previous elected offices held: None
Incumbent? If yes, when were you first elected?
Questions and Answers
1. What have the past three years of Donald Trump's unconventional leadership taught us about politics in the United States? What is the best thing his presidency has done? What is the most significant criticism you have of it?
What is has taught me is that people are wanting a change and will choose unconventional leaders to see that change occur. People also want to be heard and many that share Trump's dialogue felt unheard. That is my perspective. Now do I personally think statements of hate, bigotry, racism need to be heard? I don't, but I also see the value of having light shed on these topics and we need to correct this thinking in our Country.
2. What needs to be done to get Congress to work constructively, whether that be senators and representatives of both parties working with each other or Congress itself working with the president?
We need to predominantly be on the problem solving train and not on the party train. I think good solutions need to be implemented. Real solutions supported by data that also help the American people thrive and grow and feel supported. When we go back to this root motivation, then whether it's going across the aisle or working with a President that has vastly different approaches, both can occur because we are trying to problem solve for the people not from a place from ego.
3. What do you see as the most important issues to address regarding immigration reform? If you oppose funding for a wall, what steps do you support to try to control illegal immigration?
I believe DACA needs full support and I do oppose funding for a wall because Illegal immigration is not our biggest priority. From a human rights perspective, if someone is seeking to come to our country to better their situation then they have a right to be here and we should from a human rights perspective, help them. In my viewpoint, let's reform and reshape the entire approach to illegal immigration.
4. Please define your position on health care reform, especially as it relates to the Affordable Care Act.
The Affordable Care Act is a good start for providing more people access to healthcare, but my goal is to help all Americans get free high quality healthcare as soon as possible.
5. What is your position on federal funding for contraception, the Violence Against Women Act and reproductive rights?
I am a supporter of Women being in charge of their own bodies and we need to support our women and give them the resources, tools and support to help make important decisions for their families. I am in absolute support of the Violence Against Women Act and women's reproductive rights. Federal funding of contraception would fall under healthcare for women and so contraception would be paid for when we move to federally funded healthcare.
6. What do you consider America's role in world affairs? What are we doing correctly to fill that role? What else should we be doing?
We have an obligation to the world to support the humane treatment of people and to help provide basic needs and services whenever feasible. I believe we play a greater role in security than we need to. Our national debt is the greatest is every been and we need to cut spending on international military, security and defense to help solve our crisis regarding healthcare, education and economy.
7. Do you believe climate change is caused by human activity? What steps should government be taking to address the issue?
Yes human caused and I believe the world is going through the changes that it needs to go through as well. We definitely need to be addressing this issue at the governmental level by funding innovations to help protect us against Climate Change calamities such as rising sea levels that will affect our coastlines, and fund businesses and startups that produce alternative fuel sources.