You have a right to affordable and accessible healthcare. The Affordable Care Act has expanded access and increased affordability of healthcare for many Americans, but too many middle class families, even those with insurance, are still only one major healthcare crisis away from ruin and are concerned about whether they will have health insurance in the future. We must fix the flaws and expand the gains created by the ACA, rather than destroying the progress we have made. Congress must stabilize insurance markets and state exchanges. We must expand access to Medicare, fully fund Medicaid, and ensure that every family in America has access to affordable healthcare regardless of their income.
As your representative, I will work with officials from all branches of government to find bipartisan legislative solutions to improve healthcare and lower costs for all Americans.
Women’s healthcare is a fundamental right, yet the current administration has placed women’s health under attack and passed a discriminatory rule that allows employers to opt out of providing birth control. Before the Affordable Care Act, 1 in 3 women struggled to afford birth control. Now, we have the lowest rate of unintended pregnancy in 30 years, especially among teens, along with associated health benefits that birth control provides. I will always fight to protect a woman’s right to abortion and to ensure that women can make their own decisions about their health and family planning.
Congress has failed to renew the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which could leave over 60,000 children in our state without health insurance. The lack of bipartisan effort to care for one of our most vulnerable populations is wrong. Families should not be left with the choice of paying for rent or paying for their child’s medical bills. As your representative, I will fight for the children of the 8th district and the 9 million children across the nation to get the healthcare they deserve.