ENSURING OUR HEALTH
Reforming the Affordable Care Act:
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) provided healthcare insurance for many people who, for financial reasons or pre-existing conditions, could not access it before. It eliminated the pre-existing conditions loophole and put a focus on preventative care, keeping people healthier longer, rather than battling conditions once developed. Preventative care also reduces overall healthcare costs for individuals and society at large in the long run.
However, there are issues with the ACA which need to be addressed. The increase in costs in 2017 is largely due to a lack of participation by the younger generation, many of whom have opted to pay a penalty fee rather than buy the insurance. Without this expected revenue coming into the system, premiums increased to cover the revenue gap.
As your U.S. Representative, I would advocate for the reform of ACA rather than dismantling or repealing the entire act, which would discontinue many programs and regulations that protect our citizens under the current law.
Ensuring Healthcare Focuses on the Patient, not Profit:
Our healthcare system should be reformed, but not totally privatized. Healthcare should not be beholden only to the shareholders of a company. Healthcare operational costs and reasonable profits need to be covered, but the incentives need to focus on preventative care and positive patient outcomes when dealing with health issues. Without public sector involvement, there is simply too much of a financial incentive for medical centers to overcharge, over medicate, and over operate simply for ever increasing profits.
As your U.S. Representative, I would vote against any totally privatized healthcare plan replacing ACA, because healthcare should focus first on patients and second on reasonable profits.