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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Health Care and the Social Safety Net

Health Care LogoI 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

July 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement after the Senate defeated the so-called “skinny” health care repeal bill in the early morning hours:

July 18, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on the news that the Senate GOP health care bill does not have enough votes for passage:

"What's next for health care now that the Senate does not have enough votes to pass the disastrous repeal of the ACA? It's time for Congress to come together and improve on the law that has led to important gains in how people receive and access care. Let's keep the nation healthy and secure and look to ideas like Medicare for All that will help ease the ills of our health care system."

June 22, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement on the Senate releasing their version to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

May 25, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC -- Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) made the following statement on the Congressional Budget Office issuing a score for the American Health Care Act, which House Republicans passed earlier this month:

“Twenty-three million people at risk of losing their health care is 23 million too many. I find it incredibly hard to believe that Republicans in the House voted to pass this health care bill without knowing what was at stake.”