The United States spends more on healthcare than any other country in the world, yet preventable diseases like heart failure and diabetes continue to plague our communities. To lower long-term costs and improve care, we must stop treating health like a private industry, and start treating health like a public good and a basic right for every American.
We can start by improving the Affordable Care Act. From there, we need to move towards a universal healthcare system, like Medicare-for-All. Too many people in America are without adequate healthcare coverage, resulting in higher premiums for those who are insured.
In 2017, voters approved Medicaid expansion by ballot initiative, and I am fighting to ensure the Governor follows through with his responsibility to expand healthcare coverage to 70,000 Mainers. Across our state, rural hospitals are the economic cornerstones of many communities. Expanding Medicaid will help people get the care they need and deserve, and will help ensure healthcare workers remain secure in their jobs.
We must also address the high cost of prescription drugs disproportionately affecting our state, especially among our elderly. The Federal Government should use its purchasing power to negotiate lower rates and allow for safe drug reimportation from countries like Canada.