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 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 need a healthcare system that unites us in our core belief that no one should go broke because they get sick, and no one should die because they can’t afford healthcare. That’s why I am a strong supporter of Medicare for All and would proudly co-sponsor HR 676 to establish a national single-payer system.
We must also work to fix the flaws and expand the gains created by the ACA in the short term, rather than allowing Republicans to destroy the progress we have made. Congress must act immediately to 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.
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 an abortion and to ensure that women can make their own decisions about their health and family planning.
Though Congress recently renewed the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Trump and the Republicans in Congress are already trying to gut funding for CHIP which could leave over 60,000 children in our state without health insurance. This partisan attack on 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.