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Health Care for All

Health care is a right, not a privilege. Pennsylvanians of every background and income level deserve access to high-quality health care. Period.

I don't believe your health insurance should be tied to your job. Employer-sponsored health insurance plans are a drain on employers, entrepreneurship, and often cause employees’ wages to be lower. We need to work toward a single-payer health care system, and in the meantime, have a public option available. 

Small and mid-sized employers cannot afford the increasing costs of health insurance as well as higher wages, and employees, too, are bearing a higher percentage of their health insurance costs every year, further lowering their net income.

Growing up in a military household, I was lucky enough to have access to government health care at a young age; when I was sick, I simply saw a doctor and got treated. But far too many Americans — and thousands of residents in the 7th Congressional District — aren’t as fortunate. And that’s unacceptable. In the wealthiest nation on earth, no citizen should have to take on a second job, risk bankruptcy, or make a choice between putting food on the table and paying for health care.

There is a better way. We must:

  • Achieve true universal health care coverage. We need to achieve health care equality by ensuring everyone can see a provider and receive high-quality health care.  

  • Immediately stop Republican-led efforts to take away the protections secured by the Affordable Care Act — such as those for people living with pre-existing conditions.

  • Expand Medicaid to cover more Pennsylvanians. This includes protecting the Medicaid guarantee for vulnerable children, the disabled, and the elderly.

  • Lower prescription drug costs. We can and should leverage the government’s purchasing power to cut the costs of prescription drugs, and politicians must reject the lobbying efforts of Big Pharma.  This is just one of many reasons that I have taken a pledge not to accept corporate PAC money.

 

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