Healthcare & Prescription Drug Costs
Throughout my first term in Congress, healthcare has been my top priority. I have been working to ensure that every person has quality, affordable healthcare. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and getting the care, medication, or life-saving treatments they need. No one should lose or be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition, and no one fighting a serious illness should face the fear of lifetime coverage caps.
We can improve our healthcare system, while lowering costs, ensuring greater coverage, and achieving better outcomes, but it will take tremendous political will and a commitment to creatively looking at the options. Partisan assaults against our healthcare system, such as the removal of the individual mandate, are causing rising premiums and losses of coverage across our district and country. I support measures that would strengthen the framework of the ACA, such as reinstating the individual mandate, which mitigates risk, and moving the enrollment deadline to align with tax day.
At town halls across Central Virginia during my first term, I’ve repeatedly heard from our neighbors about the extremely personal effects of rising prescription drug prices. I support measures that would help lower the cost of prescription drugs for Central Virginia seniors and families, such as giving Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices. I’ve been proud to lead bipartisan legislation passed in Congress that would bring greater transparency to prescription drug negotiations and help hold pharmacy benefit managers accountable.
To increase coverage nationwide, I support pursuing universal coverage through a public option, specifically the proposed Medicare-X Choice Act. I support Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP and the vital resources they provide to our seniors and most vulnerable citizens and children. I also support protecting women’s access to reproductive healthcare, including federal funding to Planned Parenthood and other providers that ensure essential healthcare to women and men.
- Led the introduction of the Public Disclosure of Drug Discounts Act, which passed in the U.S. House by a vote of 403 to 0
- Cosponsored and passed the Lower Prescription Drug Costs Now Act to give Medicare the power to directly negotiate drug prices
- Cosponsored and passed legislation to protect Central Virginians with pre-existing conditions
- Introduced bipartisan legislation to level the playing field for generic drugs and crack down on “patent gaming”
- Held multiple prescription drug-focused town halls and district-wide healthcare tours in the Seventh District
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