Health care is a right, not a privilege

Health care is a right, not a privilege. The right to health care is rooted in our dignity as persons and responsibility for one another. I will work to defend and improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA), not repeal and replace it. We must improve the ACA by reducing out-of-pocket and prescription costs by regulating insurance and prescription drug companies. President Trump and his supporters in Congress are undermining health care coverage and sabotaging the ACA which has forced several insurers out of the marketplace. These actions will eventually result in rising premiums and a higher budget deficit. We should be expanding Medicaid and Medicare, not shrinking them, and moving towards universal coverage, even a single payer system. We need to work in a bipartisan manner, and we must continue to fight for Hoosiers with pre-existing conditions, for those who need mental health care, for those who require treatment for opioid addictions, and for those who would have otherwise reached their lifetime caps, including persons with catastrophic illnesses and babies in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

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