From the city of Syracuse to the village of Palmyra, the cost of health care continues to plague working and middle- class families. Everyone has their own personal story of sacrifice as a result of the health care crisis in our country.
This is our generation’s problem to solve. All Americans should have access to health care and prescription drugs they can afford. No one should be discriminated against because of preexisting conditions like diabetes, asthma and cancer.
This is a value I hold sacred, which is why our campaign provides health care coverage for all our campaign staff. However, this should also be a sacred American value in our country.
Unfortunately, we have a representative now in John Katko that doesn’t see it that way. Time and time again, Katko has proven that when it comes to health care, the values he holds sacred are the needs of his corporate campaign contributors. Last year, instead of voting for bipartisan legislation to hold drug companies accountable and reduce the cost of prescription drugs – saving the American people $456 billion – Katko sided with the corporate pharmaceutical industry, which has given him more than $70,000 in campaign contributions. Three years ago, Katko voted to give pharmaceutical companies billions in tax breaks, even though he had to raise taxes on working families in Central New York over the long term to do it. That’s not service, it’s political self-interest.
We need fresh leadership that will be unafraid to stand up to the prescription drug lobby to get a better deal for Central New Yorkers that finally delivers on universal, affordable health care coverage for every American.
Under the Obama administration, the Affordable Care Act insured more than 20 million more Americans, but we need to continue to build on this progress and implement measures to drive down costs such as allowing the federal government to negotiate drug prices.
For those who like their current health care plans, they should be allowed to keep them. But for those who can’t afford their coverage, we can and must do better. In working to achieve universal, affordable care, we need a solution like the one my parents had available to them to ensure coverage for my mother – an affordable public insurance option. For my father, that was Tricare, the healthcare option offered to military members and their families.
We need that same option available to all Americans, so families have the choice to keep their coverage if they like it — or buy into a public healthcare option like Medicare. Having that option will also create a downward pressure on health care costs overall and provide relief to small businesses struggling to afford coverage for their employees. Not only would this be a bold, progressive leap toward achieving universal, affordable health care coverage for all, but it is a proposal that trusts Central New Yorkers to pick the health care plan that is best for them and their families.
Health care is our generation’s crisis to solve, but the only way we are going to get there is by electing fresh leadership that has the courage to stand up to the corporate pharmaceutical executives and lobbyists. As your representative, my only priority will be delivering real results for hardworking families of Central New York – and that starts with universal, affordable health care for all.
Protect the vital components of the Affordable Care Act
- Progress toward lowering cost of care and prescription drugs
- Protection of essential health benefits
- No annual or lifetime coverage caps
- No denial of coverage based on health status or pre-existing conditions
- No discrimination based on gender
Build on the success of the Affordable Care Act
- A public option to allow all who choose to buy into Medicare
- Measures to lower the cost of prescription drugs, including allowing Medicare to negotiate lower prices for drugs and allowing the re-importation of FDA approved prescription drugs from Canada to expand choices and increase competition
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