Health Care for All

Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right.  It should not be dependent upon your income, or the whims of a political party, or the area in which you reside.

In the near term, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) MUST be fixed.  Efforts to undermine and sabotage ACA must cease.  In addition, I am confident that adding a Medicare buy-in option for those aged 55 and above would provide stability to our overall healthcare system.  In the long run, we MUST push to replace ACA RESPONSIBLY with a Medicare-for-all system that covers everyone cradle to grave.

Currently, over 12.5% of residents in South Carolina District 2 remain uninsured.  Folks, that means 90,000 of our friends, neighbors, and co-workers – and their children – have no insurance.  That would fill Williams-Brice Stadium beyond capacity!  Not only is this a terrible injustice, but it also places an undue economic burden on us all.

Healthcare should not be a business, and patients should not be consumers. The push to privatize healthcare across the board- including attempts by Congress to abolish Medicare and Medicaid- must be aggravated and aggressively resisted. I am a 28-year Army veteran, and I am a recipient of TRICARE- a single-payer system that offers healthcare to veterans and their families. I wouldn’t take any other plan for my personal health. It is my position not as a Democrat, but as a human being, that America must begin to lay the foundation for a universal, single-payer healthcare system.

Here is my plan to guarantee access to healthcare for all:

  • Add a public Medicare buy-in option at age 55
  • Fully fund and reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
  • Legalize medicinal marijuana {link to MM policy}
  • Allow Medicare to negotiate drug prices with pharmaceutical companies
  • Pass a $1 trillion infrastructure reform act that includes funding for hospitals in rural regions
  • Require insurance plans cover 12-month supplies of birth control
  • Ensure abortions are accessible, safe, legal, and rare
  • Allow Americans to cross the border into Canada to purchase medicine
  • Pass legislation that allows Americans to keep their doctors under any changes in the US healthcare system
  • Pass legislation that sets the stage to implement and pay for a universal, Medicare-for-All healthcare system by 2028