Healthcare is a right. Every single American deserves access to affordable, and high-quality healthcare. For too many Michiganders, especially our seniors, cost remains a major barrier to accessing healthcare. I support protections for pre-existing conditions and will continue fighting against any rollbacks of these essential protections.
This year, the Affordable Care Act saw a record number of sign-ups, over 14 million. Increasing access to healthcare should be something we all agree on, but instead of working toward this goal, Republicans in Washington have focused on dismantling the Affordable Care Act. The ACA is working, and Congress must continue to strengthen and expand it. That’s why I support creating a public option and a Medicare buy-in to add more competition to the marketplace and more options for coverage.
Too many of Michigan’s seniors are forced to make the impossible choice between essentials like food and heating just to pay for the medications they need to stay healthy. I repeatedly voted for bipartisan legislation to lower the cost of prescription drugs and finally allow Medicare to negotiate with “Big Pharma”. Additionally, I voted in support of provisions that will cap the cost of insulin at $35 dollars per month. I will continue working hard to lower premiums, reign in prescription drug costs, safeguard essential health protections, grow our healthcare workforce, and promote research and innovation to improve the health and wellbeing of all Americans.