- A Right, Not a Privilege
- Put Chidren First
- Won’t Vote For Bills I Haven’t Read
- Won’t Hurt People With Pre-Existing Conditions
- Support Republican Governor’s Medicaid Expansion Plan to Cover More Tennesseans
- Support Medicare For All
Health care is a right, not a privilege. It’s also an issue that will affect every last one of us, and it's one of the main reasons I'm running. This is a campaign of many things, but above all it’s a campaign of mercy.
My child is healthy, thank God. Many aren’t. Those are the kids and families congress should be thinking about when they make any decision - especially one regarding our country’s health care, which comprises 1/6th of our economy. But instead of prioritizing the 1.5 million Tennesseans on TennCare, or expanding Medicaid even further to the 280,000 Tennesseans without care including 30-40,000 veterans (as our Republican governor wanted to, to his credit, but my likely opponent opposed - which even key Republican officials now admit was a mistake), Republicans are set to slash $1.4 Trillion out of medicaid between the health care bill and the proposed budget, with what is turning out to be the greatest transfer of wealth from the poor to the rich in our nation’s history.
Enough is enough. It's time to push back. I'm fired up and ready to fight to make sure the Tennesseans I'm meeting across the 7th district, who need access to care and who deserve our compassion, have a seat at the table.
I'd like to see Republicans and Democrats come together to fix the Affordable Care Act and expand Medicaid, but I'd also like to see a MEDICARE FOR ALL plan that separates health insurance from employment and helps us live happier, healthier lives, stopping Big Pharma from gouging consumers with skyrocketing prices, while also enabling innovation and entrepreneurship.
Aside from the fact that covering all Tennesseans and Americans is the most humane solution - Imagine not having to worry about health care when deciding whether or not to take a job, or leave one? And from the employer perspective, imagine not having to worry about covering your employees, and being able to focus on hiring or paying your employees better instead?
The business benefits are on both sides of the equation. Plus, coverage for everyone means less unreimbursed care for hospitals, which means less insecurity in the marketplace, and hopefully more hospitals and services in places that desperately need them. Tennessee has the highest rate of hospital closures of any state. This is something we need to fix.
Medicare For All. We pay our taxes, and we get to go see doctors when we're sick. Simplify a very complex system, and instead of throwing 23 million OFF their coverage, throw every single American ON. It would streamline the process, and we'd finally be joining the rest of the civilized world.
Rep. Joe Kennedy was right: "There's no mercy in a system that makes healthcare a luxury." It's time to stop playing politics with people's lives. Send me to congress, and I will protect your health care. It isn’t about left vs. right, it’s about right vs. wrong.