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 – Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) along with more than two dozen of their colleagues in the House and Senate introduced sweeping reforms Thursday that would dramatically reduce prescription drug prices in the United States.
The plan to reduce the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs includes three bills:
Santa Clara, Ca. – At a time when one in five American adults cannot afford to get the prescription medication they need, U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) and U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) announced they will introduce the Prescription Drug Price Relief Act at the start of the new Congress to significantly reduce prescription drug prices for Americans.
Sen. Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are on the same page on drug pricing onceagain.
A bill released Tuesday morning by Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) to reduce U.S. drug prices takes a cue from the president’s recent proposal to reduce Medicare drug costs — both proposals seek to lower U.S. drug costs by tying them to international prices.
The problem with prescription drugs is simple: The U.S. government bestows long-term monopolies on pharmaceutical companies, immunizing them from the forces of market competition and public regulation. As a result, Americans shoulder the highest drug prices in the world while receiving significantly poorer public health outcomes than most of the developed world.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-Calif.) on Tuesday unveiled a bill aimed at aggressively lowering drug prices by stripping monopolies from drug companies if their prices are deemed excessive.
Sanders has long railed against drug companies for their prices, and this bill is one of the most far-reaching proposals aimed at lowering them.
In May, I had the privilege of introducing U.S. Congressman Ro Khanna (D-Calif.), to 160 emergency nurses who gathered in Washington, D.C., to advocate for legislation promoting a safe workplace for health care employees.
Because Rep. Khanna sponsored a bill — The Healthcare Workplace Violence Prevention Act — designed to better protect workers in the health care settings, it seemed appropriate for me to show him the extent of the problem.
Watch the video here.
Congressman Ro Khanna wants to inspire companies to do better by their workers.
"It's absurd that you have multi-billion dollar companies, trillion-dollar companies that aren't able to pay their workers $15," Rep. Khanna said Friday in an interview on Cheddar.
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on Wednesday introduced a Senate bill — the "Stop BEZOS Act" — that would require large employers such as Amazon.com and Walmart to pay the government for food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their workers.
The bill's name is a dig at Amazon chief executive Jeffrey P. Bezos and stands for “Stop Bad Employers by Zeroing Out Subsidies Act.” It would establish a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with at least 500 employees, the former presidential candidate said Wednesday.
A massive group of House Democrats—totaling at least 70 members in all—signed onto the establishment of a Medicare for All caucus Thursday morning, signaling the increasing feasibility of the policy among members.
The caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) and Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-MI), is intended to help “build the evidence base” for a Medicare for All proposal, Jayapal said at a press conference announcing the formation of the group.