Why Forced Paid Leave is a Losing Proposition and a Really Bad Idea

Dr. Kelli Ward (R-AZ) is an osteopathic physician and a former Arizona state Senator who narrowly lost a bid to unseat Senator John McCain (R-AZ) in the 2016 GOP primary. She is once again running for Senate in 2018, this time attempting to unseat Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ). Ward is known as a no-nonsense conservative who is focused on returning the power wielded by the government to the people, and expanding freedom for all Americans. She is a conservative in the vein of Ted Cruz, and Rand Paul and was an ardent supporter of President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House. She has been critical of both McCain and Flake’s moderate bent and their criticisms of the President as he tries to reform the mess in Washington, D.C.

Below is a recent post from her Facebook account where she explains another reason that the free market is better than government planning:

People have asked why I oppose forced paid leave.

First and foremost, I believe in small government and less regulation as well as the free market and competition.

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Some downsides to government mandated paid leave:

  1. Paying someone for 3 months while no work is being produced by that person
  2. Saving someone’s job for 3 months while forcing others who aren’t on leave to make due with less
  3. Hiring a temporary worker to fill in and having to pay twice as much for the same work to be done

What happens if the person gets paid for 3 months and decides not to return to your business? How do you recoup the money? You cannot recoup the time. And now you are in the hole because you have to take more time to find a new worker and more time to train him/her.

Businesses struggle under unpaid FMLA now.

It’s a losing proposition for most small businesses and some large ones as well. Government needs to get out of the way. Businesses should determine if they want to offer paid leave or not. We don’t need another government mandate.

We need the free market and competition to “Make America Great Again.”


Dr. Kelli Ward

Dr. Kelli Ward has lived in Arizona since 1999. She is a military wife, the mom of three awesome children (now young adults), a family physician, a business owner, a former AZ State Senator, and she ran for the US Senate in 2016 against John McCain. She brings real life experience to politics. Kelli grew up in West Virginia and went on to Duke University where she got her Bachelor of Science degree. She loved being a Blue Devil especially since they won their first national basketball championship while she was there! She left NC after college and returned to WV for medical school. She and her husband, Colonel Michael P. Ward, D.O., met during medical school and have had a storybook romance that continues today. After their residency training in Michigan, the family moved to Arizona and they haven't looked back.

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