Health Care

Health Care

Affordable and Accessible Health Care for All

Did you know that hospitals in Western North Carolina are closing their maternity wards and forcing women in some rural towns to travel greater distances – sometimes over mountain roads, sometimes on snowy nights — to safely give birth? That may be smart business. But it’s not good health care.

And that’s just one example of the problem with the healthcare industry in America today. It too often seems mostly about business, less about health. We need to change that, once and for all.

I went years without health care, risking financial ruin if I was ever injured on the job. Like thousands of us in Western North Carolina, I finally was able to access health care through the Affordable Care Act. The ACA has worked for many, but it does not cover everyone.

It’s long past time for health care to be made accessible to all. The only way to do that is to take the profit motive out of insurance. That’s why I support a single-payer Medicare for all health care system. My chief priority after being elected will be to work to pass a bill such as H.R. 676 Expanded & Improved Medicare For All Act.

Health care reform can be a game-changer for our economy, with the potential to create new jobs as more people gain access to health care and require service. Still others will be free to start their own businesses when they no longer have to rely on employer-based health care.

So many possibilities. But only if we decide that health care is a human right, not a privilege reserved for the well off among us.

If my vision reflects your vision, won’t you please volunteer for or contribute to our campaign? Working together, our vision can become reality.