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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Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, reintroduced the State-Based Universal Health Care Act. Recognizing the unique position of American states to lead the push for universal health care, Rep. 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.
Congressman Ro Khanna received praise from progressive lawmakers and Medicare for All advocates on Tuesday after reintroducing a bill that would provide states with access to the federal funding and regulatory flexibility needed to implement universal healthcare programs.
"If the last year proved anything, it is that universal health coverage is not optional: it's urgent," the California Democrat, a member of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, said in a statement.
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressional India Caucus Vice Chair and Member of the House Armed Services Committee, joined the India Caucus Co-Chairs Rep. Brad Sherman (CA-30) and Rep. Steve Chabot (OH-01), in addition to co-Vice Chair Rep. Michael Waltz (FL-06), in sending a letter to President Joseph R. Biden. In the letter, the India Caucus leadership urges the Biden administration to send much-needed resources and raw materials to the Indian people, in addition to asking that lives be prioritized over intellectual property ownership.
Congressional Democrats are introducing legislation to transfer $1bn in funding from a controversial new intercontinental ballistic missile to the development of a universal Covid vaccine.
The Investing in Cures Before Missiles (ICBM) Act, introduced in the House and Senate on Friday, would stop funding on the proposed new missile, known as the ground-based strategic deterrent (GBSD) which is projected to cost a total of $264bn over its projected lifespan, and discontinue spending on a linked warhead modification program.
Washington, DC - Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Reps. Ro Khanna, (D-CA), Lloyd Doggett (D-TX), Peter Welch (D-VT), and Cori Bush (D-MO), along with more than two dozen colleagues, on Tuesday introduced sweeping legislation to drastically reduce the cost of prescription drugs in the United States.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, an independent from Vermont and the chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, is set to unveil a trio of bills designed to lower the cost of prescription drugs and give American consumers access to the competitive global drug market.
Washington, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17) joined Santa Clara and Alameda Counties in celebrating over $1 billion in funding for California’s 17th Congressional District in President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act of 2021. Following Rep. Khanna’s vote in favor of the package on the House Floor, the Congressman was joined by both counties in issuing the below statement:
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) sent a letter to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky and White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeffrey Zients, urging them to consider a one-dose vaccination regimen in order to rapidly scale up the number of vaccinations administered daily in the United States.
Progressive Congressman Ro Khanna on Wednesday cautioned President Joe Biden and the Democratic leadership against further restricting eligibility for any future round of direct coronavirus relief payments, warning that excluding many struggling middle-class Americans from checks would be misguided and politically disastrous.
Washington, DC – Members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC), led by incoming Deputy Whip Ro Khanna (CA-17), CPC Chairwoman Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), and incoming Deputy Chair Katie Porter (CA-45), sent a letter to House and Senate leadership on Dec. 12th, calling for the inclusion of expanded Unemployment Insurance and other direct cash payments in any COVID stimulus deal. Direct cash assistance has been shown to be far more effective in delivering critically-needed aid to communities and stimulating our economy, compared to other programs like the Paycheck Protection Program.