Those of us who have dealt with sick family members understand that the increasing cost of medical care is stressful – both financially and emotionally. Recently, while waiting with my wife for her to be seen by a doctor, we sat in silence together until our number was called. Like most people, our primary focus was attaining a diagnosis and moving forward along the path to recovery. However, anticipating the unknown cost of treatment and how to pay for it added an unnecessary amount of stress to an already tense situation.
I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege. No one in America should go bankrupt just because they get sick. Period. In a country with our resources, no one should forego necessary or preventative care because they are unable to afford it.
On Criminal Justice Reform…
The United States has the highest documented incarceration rate in the world. Our prisons are jam-packed with people who would be better served with rehabilitation than incarceration. Let’s face it – the drug laws in this country are out of date, out of step, and create a class of people who will never be able to get a high-quality education, a decent job, experience home ownership or become productive members of society. We should not lock people away and waste our resources on incarceration in cases where rehabilitation is the more effective solution.
As your Congressman, I will work towards allocating resources and support to at-risk children so that we cut off the school to prison pipeline.