The Problem with the American Healthcare System

Obamacare is Progress, but not Enough

The American healthcare system is one of the most expensive and most ineffective in the world

  • More than 16 million people have gained coverage, but 27.6 million remain uninsured; even more are under-insured

Our privatized healthcare system undermines our national economy

  • Healthcare costs often account for the largest portion of American businesses’ expenses

  • America’s industry leaders are spending billions of dollars on healthcare coverage, which could be put to better use by investing in their businesses

A “Public Option” like the ACA, is a step in the right direction, but it doesn’t go far enough.

  • The public option, as laid out most recently, wouldn’t meaningfully reduce the cost of healthcare for most Americans

A “Single-Payer, Universal Healthcare System”: What does that mean?

Under a single-payer, universal system, the federal government is essentially everyone’s insurance provider.

  • Every citizen is able to receive treatment at any public-funded health facility without incurring any direct cost for that action.

  • The federal government will cover all costs through a fund supplied by all Americans according to their ability to pay

Coverage would include all medical necessities, such as…

  • Doctor/hospital visits
  • Prescriptions

  • Medical devices

  • Essential health benefits

  • Mental Health
  • Vision & Dental

  • Long term care

  • Reproductive health

  • Medical management programs to ensure efficiency in quality, method, and cost of care

By replacing premiums, deductibles, co-pays, and unnecessary complexity/administration with a modest tax, spread across all citizens based on individuals’ ability to pay, 95% of American families will see immediate savings

Freeing physicians from the constraints of for-profit medicine would mean they spend less time filing paperwork and more time treating patients.

Economic Benefits of Single-Payer

A single-payer healthcare system is one of the most effective programs for job-creation and economic stimulus we can enact!

When we free employers from the burden of providing health insurance to their employees, we put U.S. business on a competitive footing with foreign companies.

  • This keeps jobs in the US, reduces overhead, and improves wages. It’s a win-win-win situation!

HR 676: The Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act

  • This bill provides the framework to create a single-payer healthcare system

  • It's the only existing proposal with the potential to reign in America’s skyrocketing healthcare costs

  • It also authorizes the federal government to negotiate drug prices and cost of services

Women’s Reproductive Rights

  • We must protect Planned Parenthood

  • We cannot allow right-wing legislatures to implement legislation that endangers women’s health.

    • I fully support H.R. 1322, introduced by Representative DelBene, which will prevent states from blocking women's constitutionally protected rights to reproductive health care.

Mental Health

  • We must remove the stigmas attached to mental healthcare, and make mental health treatment a basic element of our healthcare system

    • Great strides were made in 2016 with the passage of the 21st Century Cures Act, but much more needs to be done!

  • We need a comprehensive early-screening program so that mental health issues can be caught early in life, giving our kids the best chance for successful treatment

    • The 2nd leading cause of death in the the US for children between the ages of 10 and 24 is suicide.  We must stop this epidemic. Mental health care for all is the first step.

Time for Action

As Your Representative, I Promise to...

  • Passionately support and further progress toward a single-payer healthcare system, such as H.R. 676 (i.e. Medicare For All)

  • Protect and expand every health care safety net that currently exists

    • Especially Medicare, Medicaid, the ACA, and the Veterans Health Administration (i.e. “the VA”)

  • Work to create a new and expanded Public Service Loan Forgiveness program

    • One that will include physicians who choose family practice for student loan forgiveness

  • Work to double the number of available residencies in the U.S.

    • This should eliminate the artificial shortage created and maintained by the American Medical Association and Medicare

    • It’s time that we recognize and approve advanced practice nurses to provide family health care and preventative medicine