In a nation as wealthy as ours, it is absolutely shameful that we don’t have a primary healthcare system that includes every single American. Each and every one of us has a right to affordable healthcare, and health insurance that we can afford. No American should fear having to fight with doctors and hospitals over staggering bills or face the threat of filing for bankruptcy due to outrageous medical expenses.
Nearly 700,000 Pennsylvanians still find themselves without health coverage. Many more are struggling to pay premiums and deductibles. These unaffordable out-of-pocket costs cut into the ability of countless working families to save for retirement, pay for college, or in some cases, even maintain a healthy standard of living.
Worse yet, deep cuts to Medicaid have left a shocking number of our low-income families, including seniors and disabled persons, with little to no coverage.
We cannot allow politicians from both parties continue to treat our legislative branch of government as some sort of sports rivalry played for personal bragging rights. Those we elect to public office have a duty to place the health, safety, and security of every individual they represent first and foremost in everything they do.
I’ll reach out to work with members of both parties to improve the quality of care for all; to protect people with pre-existing conditions; and to reduce both premiums and out-of-pocket costs while making prescription drugs more affordable for our most vulnerable families.