WILL ON MEDICARE FOR ALL
Adequate universal healthcare is a right, not a privilege. America must rise to the occasion, as other wealthy industrialized nations have, to provide healthcare for every citizen. While working in the House of Representatives, I helped write and introduce legislation to allow the importation of prescription drugs from Canada to lower prices and legislation directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prices that big Pharma companies charge. Both Medicare Negotiation and Drug Importation are important prongs of Medicare for All that must be enacted immediately. A single-government plan to which every American has access is the most efficient and essential path forward, and, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, the majority of Americans agree.
Elected officials must do their part to meet the needs of the moment head-on. Bold, systemic change is needed. Working families across the political spectrum have suffered long enough under an inefficient and heartless healthcare system.
A Medicare for All plan would establish a single-payer federal insurance program that provides full, comprehensive benefits for all Americans with coverage including areas such as mental health, maternity, pediatrics, dental, vision, hearing, comprehensive reproductive healthcare, and long-term services/care. Americans would pay no premiums or out of pocket costs except for prescription drugs and biologics, which cannot exceed a cost of $200 per year. Predatory private insurance companies would be prevented from providing benefits described under the Medicare for All plan.
All private healthcare providers can still practice medicine under Medicare for all. This program only diminishes the role of private insurance, not private practice. In economic terms, Medicare for All would increase cash wages and salaries as employer’s costs would be lowered exponentially. The program would also reduce the strain of joblessness and would allow for the expansion of small businesses in every locality around the country.
Medicare for All works. Democrats and Progressives must band together to combat scare tactics and falsehoods from opponents clinging to special corporate interests. Healthcare is an essential human right and it is time that we join every other developed nation of the planet in ensuring access to quality healthcare for all Americans.
I have fought in the trenches for a more affordable and accessible healthcare system on Capitol Hill, and am prepared to do so again. I helped write and introduce legislation directing the Secretary of Health and Human Services to negotiate the prescription drug prices that big Pharma companies are charging—potentially saving around $150 billion over 10 years. What’s more, 88 percent of Americans support Medicare Negotiation.
Both Medicare Negotiation and Drug Importation are important prongs of Medicare for All that must be enacted immediately. I propose that the secretary is given the power to negotiate drug prices and encourage the creation of a prescription drug formulary to increase the usage of generic drugs. We must also empower patients, pharmacists, and wholesalers to purchase low-cost prescription drugs from Canada and other hyper-industrialized nations whose products meet FDA standards. Finally, we must aim to adopt a pricing scheme that ties drugs prices to those of other nations such as Canada, the United Kingdom, France, and Japan
A majority of Americans support bold changes to our country’s healthcare system and it is time we listen and get it right. In Congress, I will work to usher in this transformative change on behalf of the great people of South Jersey