“When my father was diagnosed with Leukemia, the medical bills nearly bankrupted our family. No individual should face financial ruin—especially when they fall sick.”
In the midst of a pandemic, the United States is also in a health care crisis. Americans now pay twice as much as any other developed nation for their health care, but for the first time in a century, life expectancy has declined for 3 straight years. Two thirds of all bankruptcies are caused by medical costs. Before arguing about specific health care proposals, we must all agree on the two basic problems: the cost of health care in America is too high and tens of millions of people still don’t have access.
In Congress, I will:
- Oppose any effort to dismantle, privatize, or undermine Medicaid or Medicare. Texas refused the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion. But now, in this pandemic, we see how important it is that everyone—not just the wealthy few—have access to quality health care. I will push for expanded coverage for our nation’s poor, disabled, and elderly.
- Stand up against special interests who put profits over people. I will advocate for lower prescription drug costs and hold Big Pharma accountable.
- Protect coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, such as COVID-19.