A country whose people live in fear of losing their healthcare, especially a country that excludes its working poor from access to healthcare, can never be great.
Every person I have talked with throughout the 7th Legislative District of Delaware of has shared with me their fear of losing their healthcare. It is the most important issue to many Delawareans and many Americans.
As a former Senior Vice President at Christiana Care and a former Professor of Healthcare Policy at Arcadia University, I know healthcare. I know how important good, quality healthcare is to families, and that it must be protected at all costs.
Our healthcare system is broken. While Washington tries to cut or eliminate coverage, families struggle with bills and the burden of cost every day. This is not fair.
We need to build a healthcare system that serves all our needs, provides high-quality care at affordable costs, and does not let people go bankrupt because of a medical emergency or illness. America is the only country in the industrialized world without universal healthcare, a system in which everyone has coverage to pay for the treatment they need.
This does not have to stay the case. I believe we can and must do better.
In 2019, I led the fight to reduce the cost of your premiums through re-insurance. As the author of HB 193, I am proud to say that if you participate in the ACA exchange or have a private individual healthcare plan, your premiums have gone down by 20% in 2020.
I have also introduced another bill, HB 287, which establishes the “Interagency Pharmaceutical Purchasing Collaborative” to fully leverage the State’s purchasing power and regulatory authority to negotiate lower prices for pharmaceuticals.
There is much more to be done, and I will continue to lead the way for lower cost and higher quality healthcare. I have the experience that no other representative has. I know what must be done.