Signed into law in 2010, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, expanded healthcare coverage to millions of Americans and makes numerous changes in the way health care is financed, organized, and delivered. Among its many provisions, the ACA restructured the private health insurance market, set minimum standards for health coverage, created a mandate for most U.S. residents to obtain health insurance coverage, and provided for the establishment of state-based insurance exchanges for the purchase of private health insurance. While I recognize there are challenges to be addressed in the implementation of the ACA, I strongly support its goals and I will continue to work in Congress to ensure that all Americans have affordable access to quality healthcare.
I believe that strengthening the Medicare and Medicaid system, providing accessibility to health insurance to our low-income children and families, funding cutting-edge research into cures for diseases, and giving patients the ability to successfully challenge the decisions of health insurers are paramount in ensuring a healthy society. More and more our healthcare system will focus on keeping people healthy rather than just treating disease.
To live in fear of a crushing medical catastrophe or face bankruptcy due to debt from healthcare costs is no way to live. In Congress, I am committed to increasing access to affordable health insurance for the millions of Americans without coverage and making health insurance more affordable for those already covered.
Disease Research and the National Institutes of Health
As a community psychologist, I am a strong supporter of research that allows people to lead healthy lives. I am deeply appreciative of the impact that researchers across our country, and especially at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), have had in advancing medicine, prevention, and treatment. I believe that we should continue to fund NIH and the invaluable research and programs it conducts.I have strongly supported NIH in Congress and repeatedly advocated restoring funding and stopping cuts to NIH to ensure we continue investing in health research.