"We may not want to be collectively responsible for each other's healthcare, but the fact is that we collectively suffer the consequences of a broken and expensive healthcare system.” - Lorie Burch
Every American deserves access to healthcare, no matter their circumstances. No American believes that our current healthcare system is perfect, but we must continue to improve upon the progress we have made. Medicare and Medicaid must remain funded. Veterans, seniors, children, and the disabled should always receive the care they need, and the federal government must work with states, healthcare providers, and drug manufacturers to keep the costs of basic care and prescriptions affordable for everyone.
The U.S. already spends more per person on healthcare than other leading nations, but with little to show for it even as premiums and drug costs continue to rise. As the national debt grows, some will suggest cutting programs that people’s lives depend on – but simply spending less isn’t the answer. We need to spend smarter, explore using groundbreaking medical research and new technologies to make the system more efficient, and make sure Americans are getting a fair deal when they need treatment and prescriptions. I will seek a new approach to health and welfare in our country - making sure the people come first - and work to propose effective and sensible solutions that give American families the information and freedom to lead healthy, productive lives.
We can start by expanding public options - such as a single-payer system that is available to all, and which includes preventative care, coverage for mental health issues, pre-existing conditions, and treatment for substance abuse. I realize this isn’t a change we can make overnight, but ensuring access to quality, affordable healthcare for every citizen is a fundamental responsibility of our government. As your representative, I will work with my colleagues in Congress to make sure that the decisions we make reflect that - because no American should have to choose between paying their medical bills and paying their rent.