To stay a first world country and global leader, the U.S. must be able to deliver on something as fundamental to the well-being of its citizens as healthcare.
As the COVID-19 pandemic has made abundantly clear, we must make improving our healthcare system a top priority, and this includes swiftly moving to modernize our tele-medicine policies so that all folks who need to see a provider remotely can have that option when it is medically safe to do so. I’m committed to ensuring affordable, accessible, quality health care for all Pennsylvanians, and will be a strong advocate for women’s healthcare, fighting to see that all women are empowered with the right and ability to access treatment and make all decisions about the health and future of their own bodies, just as I believe all men are entitled to that same right; Pennsylvanians must be trusted and respected enough to know what’s best for themselves, rather than enabling the government to exercise serious overreach into the private lives of Americans. I am eager to work with others in the legislature to innovate ways by which Pennsylvania can exert pressure on insurers and Big Pharma to control the cost of pharmaceuticals, which is one of the largest health-related problems facing far too many in the Commonwealth. No one should ever have to forego medications due to cost, and we can put policies in place to end those situations. I will fight to maintain and increase the Medicaid expansion, and to protect those with preexisting conditions.
With the alarming rate at which mental health issues are increasing for folks of all kinds, but especially our children and teens, we must prioritize mental health equally with physical well being, removing the stigma and making treatment options affordable and accessible. I will also work to pursue the most effective means by which to combat the opioid epidemic so that education, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, along with criminal justice reform, are strong tools being readily implemented to save the lives of countless Pennsylvanians.