Medicare for All
There is no reason that the United States, the wealthiest nation in the world, cannot provide access to quality healthcare to all its citizens. The policies and actions of private insurance companies have contributed to the rising cost of healthcare premiums, effectively pricing millions of individuals out of the insurance market and impeding the delivery of healthcare to those who need it. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act helped alleviate some of these problems, and the current efforts by Republicans to dismantle this act must be opposed. At the same time, we must work towards the establishment of a healthcare system that is truly universal, one in which all American citizens have access to the healthcare they need. This can be achieved by extending to all citizens a program which already exists, enjoys massive public support, and has been successful in doing what it was designed to do: Medicare.
In January 2017, Representative John Conyers (D-MI) introduced House Resolution 676 – Expanded and Improved Medicare for All Act. Should this bill become law, all American citizens will have the right to medical care, including primary care and prevention, dietary and nutritional therapies, prescription drugs, emergency care, long-term care, mental health services, dental services, and vision care. One of my first actions as a Congressman will be to cosponsor this bill. I will then do everything in my power to see that it becomes law. It is time for us to reject the concept healthcare access as privilege and recognize it as a human right.