Health care is a human right and our current system is broken. With millions of people laid off and facing financial hardships, the COVID-19 pandemic only highlights how bad an employer based system is. Everyday people struggle with health care costs and choices because insurance premiums and copays have become unreasonably high with no end in sight. I strongly believe in a clear, definite pathway to single payer healthcare.
The ACA was a step in the right direction. Letting students stay on their parents’ insurance plans longer and removing pre-existing conditions were essential reforms, but not nearly enough. We are the richest country in the world. No one should be afraid to go to the doctor because of the potential medical bills. We can, and we should do more by moving towards a single player system. While we can use a public option as a runway to a single payer system, we must agree that the end goal is to ensure complete healthcare for every single person in the United States and we should make that clear in the legislation reforming our healthcare system.
I am the only candidate in this race with experience taking on big insurance and pharmaceutical companies. When a big pharma company sold a harmful drug that made seniors go blind, my law firm took them on and got the drug pulled from the market. For too long, I’ve seen insurance companies accept expensive premiums and then try to get out of paying for their clients' healthcare. I’ve fought those companies in court, and in Congress, I’ll fight them in DC to pass healthcare that works for your health, not corporate profit.
Admittedly healthcare is a big, complex issue. However, we can start addressing our broken health system now with some of these immediate, commonsense, bipartisan steps:
Allow Medicare to directly negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies. We need to end this giant giveaway to pharmaceutical companies, at the expense of everyday Americans. As the largest buyer of prescription drugs, allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices would lower the cost of prescription drugs for all Americans. Van Taylor recently voted against HR 3, which allows Medicare to negotiate drug prices. I am the only candidate in this race with experience taking on pharmaceutical companies. When a company sold a harmful drug to seniors that made them go blind, my firm took them on, held them accountable, and we helped get the drug pulled off the market. In Congress, I’ll take on Big Pharma and stop the price gouging, so you can afford your prescriptions.
End surprise billing, also known as balance billing. No one should be hit with an expensive and often crippling bill after an emergency, especially while insured. In Congress, I would work to pass legislation enabling providers and insurers to work together to end surprise billing.
Protect women’s health. I fully support a woman’s right to choose. That is a decision between her and her doctor, and the government has no place in that conversation.
Expand access to mental health. Mental health care services are routinely and consistently overlooked. We need to increase access to mental health providers, and provide incentives for providers to go into underserved areas.
Treat addiction as a health concern. Addiction has been tearing apart families and communities for too long. Treating drug addiction as a crime is a waste of resources and does not solve the underlying problem. We need to treat those dealing with this disease with compassion and respect, while shifting resources to rehab and treatment programs that can actually help people overcome addiction.