Despite the improvements brought by the Affordable Care Act, the American healthcare system remains the most expensive in the world. It produces mediocre health outcomes, leaves millions of people without health insurance, or without health insurance they can afford to use, and makes it harder for American companies and workers to compete in the global economy.
Change is clearly needed, but the American Health Care Act recently passed by the House of Representatives is a step in the wrong direction: It will cause 23 million Americans to lose their health insurance, make it harder for people with pre-existing conditions to get the treatments they need, and take hundreds of billions of dollars away from working families in order to fund a tax cut for the very rich.
I will support legislation to:
- Protect and strengthen the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), Medicare, Medicaid, and the progress made by the Affordable Care Act.
- Empower all Americans to secure decent affordable healthcare through a “Medicare For All” single-payer system or another similarly effective model.
- Support development of the next generation of antibiotics that our health care professionals need to stay one step ahead of drug resistant bacteria.
The benefits of modern medical science have not been enjoyed by our citizens with any degree of equality. Nor are they today. Nor will they be in the future – unless government is bold enough to do something about it.
— President Harry Truman