Healthcare

Healthcare is a fundamental human right, and in the wealthiest society the world has ever known, it is tragic and unacceptable that so many Americans struggle to attain decent and affordable healthcare. It does not need to be this way, and I will fight to create the healthcare system America deserves.

While I deeply respect the hard work that was done to make the ACA a reality, merely repairing the damage Republicans have done to it is not enough. The ACA must be more than strengthened—it must be expanded.

I believe that a public insurance option, available to all Americans regardless of income or employment, is the most practical and efficient way to reform our system. A public option would make coverage available to the 27 million Americans currently uninsured, while creating additional competition in areas where private insurance options are already limited. This approach allows individuals content with their current coverage to maintain their existing plans, would push the private insurance companies to improve their offerings to remain competitive, and if they can’t, would result in robust participation in the public plan.

In Congress, I will fight to:

  • Support legislation that establishes a public healthcare option, demanding coverage for all Americans regardless of healthcare or employment status
  • Support legislation and regulation that ensures that people, and not profits, guide the decisions of pharmaceutical and insurance companies
  • Support legislation giving the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to negotiate drug prices across programs
  • Facilitate access to generic drugs, including importation from abroad, and encourage new domestic production through private or public-private non-profit mechanisms
  • Pass legislation to end price gouging in the pharmaceutical industry
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