I support Covered California.
My district includes immigrants, low income families, a young population with a lot of big families and a lot of ob·stet·rics, needing regular care and follow up, needing good midwives and good OP, with access and prenatal care, pediatric care follow up, routing visits using universal health care insurance, affordable routine visits, and vaccinations for the young and the old. In my district still most people get their health insurance from their employers. So Growing our economy and adding jobs is the best way to increase the number of people with insurance coverage.
Physician shortages are documented to exist in many areas of the state, especially in rural areas. Shortages also exist for nurses and other allied health professionals. Yet, despite a state study on workforce development, little has been done to improve the situation. In addition, the conformity to ACA promoted market consolidations across the major health care sectors – pharmaceuticals, hospitals, physician groups, and health insurers and plans is against the interests of consumers. Market consolidation results in higher prices, lower competition, and fewer consumer choices. It also exacerbates provider shortages in underserved markets, as market consolidations seek efficiencies that make serving less populated or lower income communities more difficult.
I support the administration’s health care plan, which calls for allowing health-insurance companies to compete across state lines and for making Medicaid into a block grant system for the states. I agree that mental health care in the U.S. is often inadequate and requires reforms. Any removal of market entry barriers for drug providers and improved access to imported medication corresponding to safety standards is a net positive for all Americans.
Medicare is the best way to take care of the elderly and those with catastrophic illnesses. Removing these liabilities from the actuarial tables of the insurance and health management entities, will immediately reduce costs to consumers. I would anticipate costs to hospitals would drop by 50% or more if they were assured the government would cover their catastrophic cases. These changes would likely be an additional cost to Medicare, but should not be paid for exclusively by the healthy who don’t need insurance.
VETERAN HEALTH CARE
Our veterans deserve the care and support they so richly deserve. I support our steadfast commitment to those who serve under the flag of the United States. Returning veterans, in their first year after service are vulnerable to mental health risks but often do not receive adequate care.
- The suicide rate among veterans in the first year after their service is twice the average among veterans.
- Veterans 3 to 12 months out of military service are 3 times more likely to commit suicide than their active duty compatriots, while those up to 3 months out of service were 2.5 times as likely, according to a study from the Naval Postgraduate School.
I support the administration’s commitment to modernizing the VA system with the goal of providing our veterans with the very best health care in the world.