It is imperative that all Americans, regardless of income, have access to affordable healthcare.
(4) Amending the Affordable Care Act (ACA)
• Improve the efficiency and efficacy of the existing health care law
• Make common sense adjustments to strengthen health care delivery and reduce medical spending
• Guarantee mental health coverage
It is imperative that all Americans, regardless of income, have access to affordable healthcare. Workers should not have to choose between higher wages and meaningful healthcare for themselves and their families. The American health care system is also riddled with flaws and inefficiencies, which significantly drive up costs. I will work with both parties to make common sense adjustments to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will increase efficiency to reduce current exorbitant medical spending. I will also fight to guarantee mental health coverage for all Americans. Amending the ACA will improve its efficiency and efficacy.
(5) Reducing drug costs
• Require more vigorous government negotiation to lower drug prices
• Increase market competition
• Encourage imported and generic medications to increase consumer choice
Although America is one of the world’s wealthiest countries, our citizens pay too much for the medicine we need to maintain a quality life. To lower prescription drug costs, I will fight for more vigorous negotiations between pharmaceutical companies and the government to lower prices and assure that the medicines Americans need are both available and affordable. Finally, to increase market competition, prescription drugs from Canada should be imported and generic medication should have equal access to the market to increase consumer choice. Reducing out-of-pocket costs for prescription medications will preserve more of Hoosiers’ earnings for other expenditures.
(6) Supporting our veterans
• Make all veterans and their families eligible for Medicaid coverage
• Strengthen access to mental health care for veterans, especially those with PTSD and their families
• Improve transportation to medical services
At present, only 40% of our nation’s veterans are eligible for medical services through the Veteran’s Administration (VA). This is morally-reprehensible as it is our undeniable responsibility to look after our veterans. We must care for vets both physically and mentally by providing treatment and support for vets experiencing the effects of PTSD and their families. Improving transportation to medical services will make these resources more easily available. We must alleviate as best we can the disadvantages experienced by our veterans as a result of their honorable service to our country.