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Health Care and the Social Safety Net

I will fight to protect the guarantees of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. I will oppose any efforts to slash funding for any of these vital social safety net programs. I will advocate for increasing Social Security benefits to keep up with the high cost of living and maintaining the retirement age. When America makes a promise, America keeps a promise.

The Affordable Care Act is an important step towards insuring all Americans, and I will fight any Republican efforts to weaken or eliminate it. I will also stand up to the large drug companies in the fight to keep prescriptions affordable. No person should have to decide between putting food on the table and buying the medication that keeps them alive. 

I support the creation of a single-payer health care system, or Medicare for All. We must increase coverage, support small businesses, expand primary care, and lower premiums. Medicare for All is the next step toward addressing the high costs and inequalities in the current health care system.

We as a nation have a responsibility to protect and provide for the most vulnerable among us. Programs and benefits such as nutrition assistance, earned income and child tax credits, and affordable housing vouchers keep millions of Americans who are living on low and fixed incomes safe, healthy, and secure.


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More on Health Care and the Social Safety Net

September 10, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) led a bipartisan group of thirteen Members of Congress in sending a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging the agency to consider an expedited authorization and modified sensitivity standards for low-cost, rapid, in-home coronavirus tests.

August 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Today, Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) joined Lori Wallach of Public Citizen at a Netroots Nation at Home Conference for a virtual discussion on how decades of misguided trade and tax policy have hurt America’s economy and domestic production capabilities, how President Trump has failed to fix this crisis and why Democrats must do so.

August 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Adam Schiff (CA-28) and sent a letter to House and Senate Leadership asking for the inclusion of mask-related provisions in an upcoming health and economic legislative package responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

July 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – As COVID-19 infections continue to surge across America and nearly 30 states impose public mask-wearing requirements, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), Sen.

May 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Responding to news that the Trump Administration fired Jennifer Santos, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy and the point person at the Pentagon overseeing manufacturing under the Defense Production Act, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep.

May 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) unveiled the Emergency Medical Supplies Procurement Act to mobilize the federal government to close the gap in the production of health care equipment.

April 28, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and over 50 additional members sent their proposal for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-12), Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (CA-23), and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY). The lawmakers urged Congressional leadership to support frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic by prioritizing these basic protections in the next relief package.

April 16, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement following the first Advisory Council conference call with President Trump:

April 13, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, United States Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) unveiled a proposal for an Essential Workers Bill of Rights to protect frontline workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The lawmakers also called for the next coronavirus relief package to pass Congress to include the policies in the Essential Workers Bill of Rights. 

March 24, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), joined by 19 Democratic U.S. Representatives, called for a national shelter-in-place order to combat the spread of COVID-19 across the United States of America. As the infection rate climbs and the strain on the American health care system worsens, the federal government cannot continue to slow-walk its response.