We have a fundamental duty to achieve universal healthcare in this country. Despite the great progress made under the Affordable Care Act, we still have a long way to go to improve both the cost and quality of care in America. Too many people are facing rising costs, reduced services, and lost coverage. We need to create a public option at the federal level. By having to compete with a public option, insurance companies will be pushed to provide better care that people can afford. We also need to expand Medicare and Medicaid to better cover the needs of our seniors and those who are most vulnerable.

We must fundamentally change how mental health is addressed in this country. Almost 1 in 5 people live with mental illness, and almost all of us know the challenge of helping those who struggle. It is time our healthcare system reflects that. I will support increased investment in mental healthcare.

No one should be forced to choose between paying for their prescriptions or paying their rent. Unfortunately, the cost of pharmaceutical drugs creates this dilemma for many and is another barrier to affordable care. Between drug plans under Medicare/Medicaid and a public option, we can negotiate with drug makers from a position of strength that will drastically reduce prices and help keep overall costs lower.

I will always be an ally for choice. Reproductive rights are a cornerstone of a just society. We must protect every person’s right to bodily autonomy from legislative and judicial attacks and all Democrats must stand united against efforts to undermine this basic freedom.

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