Dramatically Improving our Health Care System
The Affordable Care Act expanded health care coverage to nearly 20 million people, provided protection to tens of thousands with pre-existing conditions, and enabled young adults to stay on their parent’s insurance while they get their feet on the ground. But it has not stemmed the rising cost of either insurance or medical care, nor has it moved us from a system focused on treating illness to one designed to promote health. While there’s no doubt that we have some of the best doctors and hospitals in the world, our health care system is a mess: much less coverage, much more cost and a less healthy population overall than most developed countries around the world.
Obamacare didn’t create this mess; it’s been going on for a long time. It’s time for us to move away from incremental steps that do nothing to improve health or challenge the power and profits of the insurance industry and Big Pharma. It’s time to begin the transition to a system of universal health care, or “Medicare for all”. I will support this shift over the next several years, and in the interim fight for:
- Medicaid expansion so that the working poor, young people and elderly people in nursing homes receive quality care.
- Expanded support for community clinics and rural hospitals, tied both to Medicaid expansion and debt relief opportunities for young doctors and health care professionals
- Innovative educational and action programs in schools to improve eating, health and wellness among young people
- Expanded, community-based treatment for mental health and addiction