My father was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer when I was 18 years old – a disease he battled for the next 11 years. More recently, my daughter battled a mystery illness for almost a full year. She underwent countless tests and scans, and ultimately was hospitalized and required emergency surgery. I have also seen firsthand the devastation caused by an opioid addiction and overdose in my extended family.
I know what it’s like to lie awake at night worrying about the health and safety of those who mean the most to you. Americans shouldn’t also have to worry about whether a health scare will cause financial ruin. While we had insurance, the out-of-pocket costs for my daughter’s care were still staggering.
But, Congressman Mike McCaul doesn’t get it. Time and again, McCaul voted to repeal and defund the Affordable Care Act, while supporting the Republican healthcare bill which would take away protections for people with preexisting conditions and strip coverage away from an estimated 52,000 folks right here in this district.
Healthcare is a right, not a privilege. In Congress, I will fight to control skyrocketing health care costs and help ensure every Texan has access to the quality care they need.
Here’s where I’ll start:
- Protect Pre-Existing Conditions: Over 300,000 people under the age of 65 are estimated to have a pre-existing condition in TX-10. Whether you suffer from diabetes or had a complication with a pregnancy, no one should be denied coverage or priced out of insurance due to a pre-existing condition.
- Reduce the cost of prescription drugs: We can reduce costs through common-sense measures, like allowing Medicare to negotiate directly with pharmaceutical companies and expanding access to generic drugs on the market. No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and buying life-saving medication.
- Expand Medicaid in Texas: Texas is one of the few hold out states that has refused federally-funded Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. So, instead of taking care of our own using the tax dollars we’ve paid to the federal government, we’re giving them away to other states. Medicaid expansion would provide immediate relief to nearly 500,000 Texas patients who fall in the coverage gap – they earn too much to qualify for Medicaid but too little to qualify for tax credits.
- Tackle the Opioid Crisis: We need to address the opioid crisis at three levels — punishment for bad actors, rehabilitation for addicts, and support for communities and families.