Health care Is a Human Right
WHAT I THINK:
Health care is a human right, not a privilege for the lucky, the wealthy, or those who have a big corporate job. We must protect the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to ensure that people have the ability to purchase affordable health insurance and receive subsidies for low-income residents. We need to make improvements to the law, such as adding in more options for portability, purchases across state lines, and lowering prescription drug prices through bulk purchasing. Ultimately, we need to move towards a single payer system, but that process is going to take a lot more collaboration with health insurance companies, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and related industries.
Our healthcare system was created to make money for the insurance companies, Big Pharma, and the providers. The bottom line for healthcare insurance companies is mitigating risk and increasing profitability. As long as that is part of our healthcare system equation, we will be fighting an uphill battle.
WHAT I’LL DO:
In the short term, we must protect the ACA and work towards Universal health care. Ensuring that all residents of CA District 42 have access to affordable health care will be my # 1 priority when I go to Congress. I will use my knowledge of the health care insurance industry to fight to protect the ACA and move towards a long-term solution to ensure that healthcare is a human right provided to everyone in the United States. As your representative, I will:
- Push forward legislation that would use Medicare’s buying power to lower prescription drug prices
- Provide a public option to increase competition with the insurance companies
- Allow individuals 50 – 64 years old to purchase Medicare, mitigating risk and saving billions
- Oppose any changes to ACA that would limit access to coverage, reduce benefits, reintroduce lifetime caps, restrict coverage of pre-existing conditions or raise premiums without subsidies for low-income families.