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I believe in government funded healthcare options for those on fixed incomes, the indigent, the elderly and those with disabilities. I also believe in the privatization of healthcare as far as individuals being able to choose. I'm a strong advocate for new healthcare and hospital systems which use sliding fee scales to guarantee healthcare to individuals based on their income. There should be more transparency, regulation and control over rising costs (including prescription drugs) and providers should be required to submit an itemized list of all charges to patients. 

In 2010, President Barack Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), a.k.a. Obamacare. Although not perfect, it was a step in the right direction towards making an effort to provide healthcare at an affordable rate to all Americans. The problem is it wasn’t entirely affordable for all. Obamacare created a health insurance exchange program that facilitates the sale of private health insurance plans directly to residents of the U.S. and offers subsidies to those who earn a certain amount with added assistance for those on Medicaid and to small businesses. The Trump Administration eliminated a problem with it: the individual mandate that everyone have health insurance with penalties, while ignoring another big problem: subsidy paybacks where individuals have to pay back the assistance they received. In conclusion, there remain several issues with our healthcare system. Here’s how I plan to tackle them as a future U.S. Senator. But first, let’s discuss my opponent, Senator Todd Young, and how far he’s gotten with healthcare legislation since his election in 2016. 

Since his 2016 election, Senator Todd Young hasn’t introduced any legislation with regard to healthcare insurance for Hoosiers (as of 5/13/20). However, he continues to support and co-sponsor legislation in support of an entire repeal of Obamacare without offering any replacement whatsoever. Upon visiting his website you’ll see language that Mr. Young is actively “working” to replace Obamacare with something that works for Hoosiers. How long does it take to author legislation that works? It’s obvious Mr. Young is sleeping on the job. The Senate isn’t a retirement home and it’s time for Hoosiers to send that message with my election in 2022. Hoosiers and Americans deserve better healthcare insurance. So, let’s get to work! 


As a future U.S. Senator, here’s what I plan to work on regarding healthcare: 

  • First, I intend to support the already existing programs, Medicare and Medicaid to the utmost. I will do everything to ensure these programs remain for Hoosiers and the American people. Additionally, I plan to support any legislation that makes healthcare affordable for all regardless of pre-existing conditions whether it be a version of the ACA (Affordable Care Act) or another. I am not in support of removing the ACA without any other available options for the American people. Finally, while I can support the good intentions of the ACA, Universal Healthcare and/or Medicare for All, I remain concerned about any government mandate which invades the private decision-making of our citizens, the quality of care and service of such programs, the status of private insurance programs and doctors, and immunity which may be provided in cases of medical malpractice. 

  • Legislation that reflects America’s free enterprise system and allows patients to choose a program that works best for them  

  • Unlike my opponent, my promise to Hoosiers and Americans is to absolutely refuse any donations from healthcare lobbyists or medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies who do not also promote or invest in holistic health options (ex. Companies and individuals who promote alternatives to pain medications and/or other forms of natural remedies) 

  • Pandemic Care & Treatment Legislation. Upon my election to the senate, I intend on proposing legislation that will keep healthcare costs down for patients during a pandemic for the prevention of price-gouging and false reporting. One horror story involves a Massachusetts woman, Danni Askini, who made multiple trips to the emergency room (2020) to finally be tested and diagnosed for COVID-19, then received a bill of $34,927 for the care she received. Another horror story involves hospitals fraudulently reporting COVID-19 cases and treatment in order to receive higher Medicare payments. Let’s work hard to eliminate the speculation of this fraudulent activity. 

  • Working with my colleagues on defining Medicare for All who want it. I remain weary of any form of public mandate which would require every resident to have something. However, I am fully in support of legislation that places price caps on high medical costs and procedures, and prescription drugs, which will make health insurance more affordable for all. The cost of medical services and treatment in this country should never exceed government revenue, as it presently does; when this happens, prices must be reevaluated and temporarily capped to close the divide. I will also support legislation that will provide “charity-care” reimbursements to hospitals and clinics at a particular rate after they have already provided care to someone who can’t pay. 

  • Bill itemization law and no surprise medical bills (with complete transparency from beginning to end during treatment), along with added support for new hospital systems, such as Northshore Health Centers (a non-profit healthcare network) in Indiana, which uses sliding fee scales to guarantee healthcare to individuals based on household income. I also support legislation that makes it illegal for health insurers to discriminate against individuals with pre-existing conditions.

  • Demand insurance companies and providers work together to create a system where clients know what will be covered or not under their insurance plan prior to services being performed. 

  • Legislation which charges a governmental entity (ex. The Department of Health and Human Services) with the responsibility of reviewing medical billing complaints with the ability to file charges. Comparing hospital prices with what other hospitals are charging in the area is difficult for the average American. Americans need assistance with medical bill review in general, billing errors and scrutinizing the prices charged by hospitals and medical providers.

  • Legislation that holds the Federal Drug & Administration to a higher level of scrutiny and accountability when it comes to meeting clinical trial requirements and producing drugs and healthy foods for the American people 

  • Legislation that supports the purchase of insurance programs across state lines

  • Legislation that allows Hoosiers and Americans to purchase prescription drugs from outside of the United States in order to increase competition 

  • Support and create programs that encourage and foster the creation of more U.S. primary care physicians focused on preventative care and holistic health  

  • A complete review of healthcare spending, waste and efficiency 

  • Providing more access to healthcare from rural and remote areas and communities

A poll taken some years ago stated that while Americans want some form of a public option: Medicare & Medicaid, most do not agree with entirely abolishing private health insurance companies. Let’s focus on perfecting what we already have by reviewing gaps in coverage, making it easier for patients to get affordable primary and specialized services, and giving patients the freedom to choose.

 

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