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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.

Click here to learn more about the bills that I introduced and cosponsored.

More on Health Care and the Social Safety Net

November 5, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – November 5, 2021 – Representative Ro Khanna (D-CA) and Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) and introduced the U.S.-Taiwan Public Health Protection Act to establish a U.S.-Taiwan Infectious Disease Monitoring Center within the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) to partner with Taiwan’s Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nevada) Marco Rubio (R-Florida), Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) and Representative Michael Waltz (R-Florida) are co-sponsors of the bill.

October 20, 2021 In The News

A group of congressional Democrats said Wednesday that they plan to work with Paris Hilton to create new regulations to prevent the abuse of children in facilities for troubled teens. 

Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., said he is drafting legislation that would give children in youth facilities the right to call their parents, be free from restraints, and have access to clean drinking water and nutritional meals — none of which is currently ensured for thousands of children in these facilities nationwide.

October 20, 2021 In The News

What happened: She pioneered the modern reality TV show, but Paris Hilton broke sober new ground Wednesday. The celeb implored Congress to do more to address what she described as systemic physical, sexual and emotional abuse at residential children’s treatment centers around the country. Hilton said, during her time in these centers, she endured strangulation, male staff watching her shower, no access to the outdoors and forced medication, among other abuse.

October 20, 2021 In The News

For weeks, President Biden has met repeatedly with Democratic lawmakers as part of the tortuous negotiations over his agenda — but to the frustration of many, he has revealed few opinions of his own on what should remain in the plan and what should be jettisoned.

September 2, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC –  In an effort to protect judicial independence and restore public trust, Reps. Ro Khanna (CA-17) and Don Beyer (VA-08) along with Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Rashida Tlaib (MI-13) reintroduced the Supreme Court Term Limits Act to fundamentally reframe the power of our nation’s highest court. The bill would establish 18-year term limits on any Supreme Court Justices approved after his bill’s passage. After their 18-year terms, justices would then be allowed to continue their service on lower courts.

September 1, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – September 1, 2021  –  Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-17), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, led a letter to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) encouraging the agency to strengthen its national Covid-19 guidelines. As students reenter classrooms around the country, a surge in the Delta variant puts children of all ages at risk –- particularly younger children, who are not yet eligible for the vaccine.

August 17, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Reps. Ro Khanna and Katie Porter sent a bipartisan letter requesting a briefing from the FDA on the status of Emergency Use Authorizations for Covid-19 vaccines for children ages 2-11. The letter highlights the following questions:

July 15, 2021 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Representative Ro Khanna (CA-14), Congressional Progressive Caucus Deputy Whip and Member of the House Committee on Oversight, announced he had secured the inclusion of $13.5 million in the House Appropriations Committee fiscal year 2022 funding bills for all ten South Bay projects he requested. 

June 8, 2021 Press Release

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.

June 8, 2021 In The News

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.