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What comes next on health care?

Thanks to grassroots fighters like you, we've never been closer to making sure all Americans have access to quality, affordable health care.

Just this month, America elected a wave of champions of affordable, accessible, equitable care to Congress – including 15 Health Care Heroes! In the process, we defeated dozens of the most anti-health care GOP incumbents. Plus, three states voted to expand Medicare coverage, giving thousands of families access to the care they need.

We've still got a lot of ground to cover, though. In the coming months, we've got to:

  • Pass ironclad protections for those with pre-existing conditions so that Republicans can't hold their coverage hostage ever again;
  • Stand up to the insurance lobby and Big Pharma to bring down costs of health care premiums and prescription drug prices;
  • Defend and fortify Medicaid – the largest single source of mental health funding in the country – which covers 40% of all adults currently in treatment for substance use disorders; Medicare also covers half of all births in the US;
  • Protect Medicare from Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump, who are already signaling that they plan to offset the cost of their tax cut scam by slashing Americans' earned benefits;
  • Establish comprehensive mental health reform to ensure that treatment is fully covered and to respond to the opioid epidemic;
  • Champion equity in health care – from protecting Roe v. Wade to addressing horrific maternal mortality rates in our country, particularly for women of color.

And finally, in the months ahead, Democrats will be debating, discussing, and aggressively moving toward universal health care. A system that denies no one the care they need. A system everyone can access and everyone can afford.

The road's long. But we've got clear goals, and we're stronger than ever before.

We've got our work cut out for us. Let's get to it.


Posted on November 20, 2018.

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Joe Kennedy III represents Massachusetts' 4th District in Congress. A principled and passionate advocate for economic, social, and racial justice, Joe is working to improve access to quality, affordable health care, and is determined to fight for all who call this country home.

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