I believe that healthcare is a human right. In the wealthiest country in the history of the world, there is no reason why we should leave millions of people uninsured or struggling badly to afford their health insurance and their prescription drugs, or to pay for the care that their insurance doesn’t cover. That’s why I’m proud to support the fight for a single-payer, Medicare-for-all insurance program. All of us get sick at one point or another, and all of us get old. It’s time we had a simple, easy to understand national health insurance system in place so that we’re all covered. I will also fight to protect and expand Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Taking care of each other is a moral decision, and our federal budget needs to reflect our moral priorities.
We have a special need for fighting the opioid crisis in our district, where too many people are dying and too many families and communities are being ripped apart because of an addiction epidemic that Big Pharma created (with help from a bought-and-paid-for Congress.) Having spoken with dozens of doctors and social workers throughout this campaign, I also know that helping our district recover from this crisis won’t be easy, and we’re going to need to get everyone the resources they need — support for drug education programs for our school districts, NARCAN for our police and first responders, and more funding for treatment facilities, nurses, and doctors. We also need to improve the way we use information technology as a first line of defense against over-prescribing and pharmacy-hopping. Most of all, it’s going to take new leadership in Congress, because the opioid crisis is really a crisis of moral leadership. When the same pharmaceutical companies that pumped millions of pills into Pennsylvania are allowed to write the laws in exchange for campaign contributions, we owe it to each other to elect a representative to Congress who will put the public good ahead of personal profit. I’ve spent my career as a lawyer and a community organizer standing up against the kind of greed and corruption that destroys everyday people’s lives, and I’ll do the same for you in Washington.