Healthcare is a fundamental human right, and access to healthcare is imperative to a high quality of life for all Americans. A top priority for public servants should be to ensure that every person has access to quality and affordable healthcare. Before moving towards a single payer system, we must review the impact on out-of-pocket spending and individual health care costs and develop a win-win for long-term funding. It is shameful that the wealthiest country in the world does not provide healthcare for all of its citizens. Congress needs to take action to address the social inequality that exists in the realm of healthcare. Only the rich can afford quality insurance, and the middle class is left to fend for themselves.
- Enact Medicare Extra. I believe that healthcare should be a human right for all Americans, but we need a pragmatic approach to solving the country’s healthcare shortfalls. Medicare Extra would expand the current Medicare program to provide essential coverage for all Americans. Medicare Extra has a viable plan for funding. We can leverage the cost of medical care for all Americans by increasing an excise tax on tobacco, alcohol, and sugar. Another way of funding it would include a luxury tax on all extravagant purchases such as lear jets and yachts for the 1%. Unlike other plans, Medicare Extra is unique because it only will increase taxes on Americans that make more than $250,000. Other methods would need to tax people making $60,000 which could have a negative impact on New Mexico’s middle class. Other plans could bankrupt small businesses, and some estimates claim that my opponents’ plans would cost small businesses an additional 12% employer tax.
- Effectively Negotiate Drug Prices. Better drugs will be negotiated for a lower price without affecting the quality of the product. Every industrialized nation bargains with drug companies, and Medicare Extra will make the government responsible for ensuring that citizens are paying fair value for pharmaceuticals.
- Eliminate Waste Within Healthcare. We must also take action to cut the estimated 35% of healthcare costs that come from four areas of waste including clinical waste, administrative complexity, excessive prices, and fraud and abuse.
- Support Children and Women’s Health programs. Vital support programs provided by Planned Parenthood are so necessary for low-income women. These facilities provide essential care to women from all walks of life, and I guarantee I will fight for their funding in Congress. We must teach our children to make healthy choices at a young age, and if we do, they will make better decisions for their health throughout their lives. I will advocate for the health of America’s children.