Healthcare, especially in the wake of the COVID-19 Pandemic, is a crucial component of our society, but it is often too expensive for our working families to afford. Our healthcare system should put people ahead of profits, and encourage investments in medicine to save peoples’ lives instead of padding executives’ pockets. We need a people-focused approach to our system, and that’s what I promise to bring to the legislature.
As your State Representative, I will…
1. Support H.1194 to introduce single-payer Medicare for All to the Commonwealth.
We must create a Medicare for All single payer healthcare system to provide every person in the Commonwealth with care that is free from copays, deductibles, premiums, and surprise bills. This should include dental, mental health, in home care, reproductive health, and more. This includes eliminating networks to provide for a common sense guarantee of healthcare at any hospital or other care facility, regardless of insurance plan. I support H.966, a bill which eliminates copays, and H.1194, to introduce Medicare for All as an important first step in this process.
2. Sponsor and introduce legislation to expand mental health treatment.
Mental health is often overlooked by lawmakers, but is vitally important to the overall well-being of our community. This issue is rarely addressed in schools, yet is increasingly a problem for young people. We must provide more resources for students both in our education and healthcare systems. I also support increasing funding to mental health research and making mental health care easily available to all who need it.
3. Lower the cost of prescription drugs.
The pharmaceutical industry has too strong of a grip on prescription drug pricing in Massachusetts. I will support efforts by the state legislature to cap drug prices to affordable levels for working people, and ensure that our health insurance system covers the costs that we promise it will. Nobody should have to risk their health because they cannot afford a prescription.
4. Properly address the Opioid Crisis in Massachusetts.
The Opioid Crisis is a major problem throughout cities and towns in the Commonwealth. We must address it for what it is: a public health emergency. The legislature must use its oversight power to hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for the damage that they have done. We must also fund rehabilitation centers across Massachusetts to ensure those affected receive the care that they need.
5. Ensure that the healthcare needs of different identity groups are addressed equitably.
People of different identities face different obstacles when it comes to access to healthcare, which must be properly and thoroughly addressed in our new system. Racial, ethnic, gender, and sexual identities are facing disparities in treatment. The health needs of people with disabilities must be addressed fully and thoroughly. To protect a woman’s right to choose, we must ensure that abortion is a basic right of healthcare. All of these and more can be guaranteed through a robust, equitable healthcare system.