Summary: Advocate for Universal Health Care, Bring Simple Solutions to Congress, Stop Budget Cuts to Medicare and Medicaid, Push for a Medicare Public Option, Lower the Cost of Prescription Drugs

Our current health care system is broken. Many Americans feel that they are one medical emergency or diagnosis away from financial ruin. I believe systematic change is necessary, which is why I support moving to a universal, or hybrid universal health care system.  While we fight for change, I have a great deal of concern for thousands of people who are losing their health insurance because of current events in Washington. I do not support cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. The consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act must be available to all Americans.  New legislation must include these protections.

There are simple solutions that can help Americans, right now, while we work toward systematic change.  The first step toward universal coverage is offering all Americans, and small businesses, the chance to buy into a public health insurance plan through Medicare.

As a Nation, we must address the astronomical prices of prescription medications.  Lifesaving medications must be available to all, not just those who can afford to pay the highest prices.  Let’s end price gouging by requiring drug companies to publicly report financial information that impacts pricing. Increasing competition by fast tracking FDA registered drugs with expired patents, but no generic equivalent, will help lower costs. A simple update to the Social Security Act, allowing Medicare to use its bargaining power on pharmaceuticals will help save $230 billion over the next decade. Now is the time to prohibit “pay-for-delay” deals between brand and generic drug makers, these anticompetitive deals cost 3.5 billion in higher prices according to FTC. Taking these steps will help provide more affordable prescriptions for more people.