I support Covered California.
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 support the elimination of the individual mandate for health insurance, for allowing health insurance premiums to be deducted on tax returns, and for international competition in the drug market. 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.