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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

November 8, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) introduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act, a landmark step toward empowering states to expand health coverage to every resident. Recognizing the unique position of American states to lead the push for universal health care, Rep. Ro Khanna’s bill provides states with historic access to federal funding streams and regulatory flexibility necessary to implement and support affordable, universal health care plans.

November 8, 2019 In The News

As presidential hopefuls campaign on a national “Medicare for all” system, a California congressman is pushing for a different path to universal coverage: letting the states go first.

Ro Khanna, a Democratic representative, will introduce legislation Friday that lets states bundle all their health care spending — including Medicare, Medicaid, Affordable Care Act dollars and more — to fund a state-level single-payer system.

September 10, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna issued the below statement in response to Speaker Pelosi's drug pricing bill circulation.

August 13, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Khanna introduced the Identifying Barriers and Best Practices Study Act with Reps. Luria and Aumua Amata. This simple and bipartisan bill would require the Comptroller General of the United States to conduct a three-year study of disability and pension benefits that were provided to veteran members who served in special missions, such as pilots and divers, and who served on reserve components of the Armed Forces while on active duty.

August 2, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC –  Today, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and U.S.

August 2, 2019 In The News

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — A bill introduced in Congress would expand health care options for Native American veterans.

New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall and California Rep. Ro Khanna announced the bill Friday. A bipartisan group of lawmakers has signed on as co-sponsors.

The measure would allow the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs to reimburse about three dozen health care facilities in 20 states for services provided to Native veterans in urban areas. California leads in the number of urban Indian health centers.

June 27, 2019 In The News

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) wrote a letter asking a drugmaker for information on its relationship with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Wednesday.

Last month, the CDC announced Gilead would donate an annual 2 million bottles of HIV-prevention drug Truvada for PrEP.

June 27, 2019 In The News

“You see this train wreck coming right in front of you and there’s not a damn thing you can do to stop it.” Those were the exact words Scott Desnoyers told his son Aiden just two days before his other son, Daniel, died by suicide.

On April 9, 29-year-old Daniel Desnoyers tweeted about his ideations; rescue workers responding to the scene of his death believed it was intentional.

June 20, 2019 Press Release

San Jose – On Tuesday June 18, as reported in the San Francisco Chronicle, Lam Le and Hiep Nguyen were granted temporary visas in order to provide life-saving medical bone marrow to their brother, Tu Le of San Jose, who is undergoing treatment for a rare form of blood cancer known as myelodysplastic syndrome.

May 21, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna joined a bicameral group of lawmakers in introducing the Opioid Crisis Accountability and Results Act, as Vermont Attorney General T. J. Donovan announced a lawsuit today against former Purdue Pharma CEO Richard Sackler and seven family members who served on Purdue’s Board of Directors for deliberately misrepresenting the risks of the drug OxyContin.