We can be proud of the progress we’ve made in expanding health care access to millions of families through the Affordable Care Act, while acknowledging that our healthcare system is still fundamentally broken. Here’s what I believe:
Every American should have access to affordable, high-quality health care. But the economic and political power of insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical monopolies stands in the way of progress.
Today, companies in the healthcare industry continue to make tremendous profits even though health care is increasingly expensive and out of reach for American families. We can’t stand for this. We need a system that is affordable, transparent, delivers high-quality patient care, and prioritizes keeping people healthy and well. That means:
Making Medicare available to everyone and working towards a single payer system –while taking on corporate healthcare and pharmaceutical monopolies that deploy armies of lobbyists to maintain the status quo and put their profits over people.
Breaking up the massive insurance, hospital, and pharmaceutical monopolies, because the simple fact is prices will never be under control until healthcare companies actually have to compete with each other.
Protecting and improving the Affordable Care Act so we can build on progress made and maintain key provisions, such as allowing children to stay on their parents’ insurance until 26 and forbidding companies from denying insurance based on preconditions.
Supporting Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as affordable public insurance options for millions of Americans. It also means expanding Medicaid access in Texas where more than 675,000 Texans are above current Medicaid eligibility, but below the lower limit for health insurance premium tax credits.
Giving patients the ability to access their own healthcare information, which is all too often difficult or impossible to obtain. When your child breaks her arm, you should know much her care will cost.
Ensuring that women have and must maintain the exclusive right to their own healthcare decisions, and have access to the network of healthcare providers–including Planned Parenthood–that provide essential preventative and routine health care services to millions of women nationwide.
Prioritizing universal prenatal care and family planning services, so that every child, regardless of their parents’ income, has the strongest start possible.Treating gun violence and mass shootings like the public health crises that they are through truly universal background checks, closing gun show and online loopholes, and prohibiting domestic abusers from possessing firearms.