Americans deserve quality, affordable health care, and we must confront the disease of addiction that’s plaguing our communities.
We must improve our nation’s health care system and first and foremost that means standing against the disgusting repeal efforts in Congress that would deny coverage to millions of people and raise costs on seniors and working families while giving tax breaks to billionaires. Instead we need to work together to lower the cost of prescription drugs and make health care affordable for all. And we must protect the hard-fought reforms that ended discrimination against pre-existing conditions, and ensure funding for women’s health providers like Planned Parenthood.
Our society must also address the vicious cycles of poverty, drug abuse, and incarceration that affects the lives of so many Americans. I support medical marijuana as a way to provide compassion for those suffering from terrible diseases, and decriminalization of the drug will go a long way toward fixing serious issues in our criminal justice system.
Likewise, we must begin to treat the disease of addiction that is plaguing our country as a serious public health issue that requires prevention efforts, treatment options, and public safety tools like the Naloxone antidote. I am proud to co-chair the Bipartisan Heroin Task Force in Congress where I am focused on battling the stigma of addiction and finding solutions for this national emergency.