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, in response to increasing workplace violence in health care facilities across the nation, Rep. Ro Khanna introduced the Health Care Workplace Violence Prevention Act. According to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics analysis, 52 percent of all incidents of workplace violence in 2014 involved workers in the health care and social assistance industry. Additionally, from January 2012 to September 2014, more than 100 U.S. health care facilities reported nearly 11,000 OSHA-recordable injuries from workplace violence.
Washington D.C. – Today, Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17), with more than a dozen of his house colleagues, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, urging him to exercise his existing authority to use patented pharmaceuticals to help millions of Americans with hepatitis C access the expensive drug therapies they need.
NEW YORK, NY — Today, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) and Congressman Ro Khanna (CA-17) joined student leaders and advocates to seek new ways to tackle the inadequate sexual assault reporting processes currently employed on college campuses nationwide. The members announced a new effort to track sexual assaults on college campuses through a standardized, national survey and discussed ways to combat the Trump Administration’s rollbacks of Title IX protections for student victims. Sexual assault is a pervasive problem all students contend with during their tenure on campus.
Washington D.C. – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Carolyn Maloney (NY-12) sent a letter requesting the House Judiciary Committee to convene a hearing addressing nonconsensual condom removal, commonly known as “stealthing.”
Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on the announcement by the U.S. Senate to not move ahead with a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act:
While Republicans were trying and failing to repeal Obamacare, Democrats in Congress were quietly lining up behind a single-payer health plan that, as written, would fundamentally reshape American health care for every single person in the country.
That plan has now gained the backing of 60 percent of House Democrats, the most support a single-payer plan has ever enjoyed in Congress, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is planning a national campaign for a similar proposal in early September.
When Sen. Bernie Sanders hit the road in July to gin up resistance against Republican efforts to raze Obamacare, he delivered a two-part message: First, protect the current law. Second, push on and make the case for a single-payer system, or "Medicare for all."
This past weekend, at the Democratic Socialists of America national convention in Chicago, delegates and observers buzzed about that budding campaign to organize and rally for single-payer legislation on the federal level.
Democratic leaders in Congress are offering to cooperate with Republicans on solutions to stabilize the Obamacare exchanges, but progressive groups and their congressional allies are heading in the opposite direction.
Following the defeat of Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, left-leaning organizations are accelerating their long-standing goal of establishing a single-payer system in which the government provides health insurance for all.