If elected to Congress, I would strongly advocate for Medicare for All and join those supporting H.R. 676.  According to Physicians for a National Health Program, 95 percent of all households would save money under such a program. Patients would no longer face financial barriers to care such as co-pays and deductibles, and would regain free choice of doctor and hospital, and doctors would regain autonomy over patient care.

In the near term, I believe we must work to repair and strengthen the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  I believe that President Trump’s wanton neglect of the ACA is unconscionable.  Many ideas to improve the ACA must be explored, including the implementation of “public option” early Medicare coverage within health insurance marketplaces, and the hiring of new full-time federal enrollment assisters to help Americans enroll.

I will defend Medicare and Medicaid, ensure young people can stay on their family health insurance plan, prevent discrimination against Americans with pre-existing conditions, and ensure veterans swiftly get the care and benefits they have earned.

I believe that the American Health Care Act (AHCA), passed last year by Republicans in the House of Representatives and fully supported by Darrell Issa (who cast the winning vote), was a dangerous tax cut for the very wealthy masquerading as healthcare reform.  Independent analysis suggests that 36,400 residents in the 49th Congressional District would have lost coverage under the AHCA, including 3,800 children.
 
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