The constituents of Maryland’s 7th District have been suffering under the weight of a healthcare system which consistently fails to meet and address their medical needs. This system is riddled with racial and economic disparities, which leaves patients without care when they need it most.
I believe that healthcare is a basic human right. Our current for-profit healthcare system is wasteful and inefficient. The way to fix this system is by transitioning into a universal, single-payer system, which places emphasis on healthcare outcomes rather than profits. Patients deserve a system that focuses on their care without having to worry that they will go bankrupt if they see their doctor or have an unexpected medical emergency. Opening a “public option” fails to address the underlying cause of the healthcare crisis that we face, in which the insurance industry and large healthcare monopolies deny care to boost their profits.
On my first day in Congress, following the example of the late Congressman Cummings, I will join the 119 House Democratic members in co-sponsoring H.R. 1384, The Medicare For All Act of 2019. Medicare for All will provide universal coverage to all Americans while lowering the cost of healthcare expenditures long term. It will provide universal care without co-pays, premiums, or deductibles and will expand Medicare to cover dental, vision, and long-term care. Under Medicare for All, we will join every major industrialized nation in the world in providing healthcare as a basic human right to its citizens.