FIXING HEALTH CARE
Joe believes that universal access to health care is a fundamental human right. In Congress, he has been fighting to make quality affordable health care accessible to every woman, man, and child in this country.
The bottom line is that we need to make it easier, not harder for Americans to obtain the health coverage they need and deserve. That is why Joe continues to fight back against Republican efforts to dismantle the Affordable Care Act – which would cut off access to health coverage for millions of Americans and eliminate protections for over 130 million people with preexisting conditions.
Joe has helped lead efforts to end surprise medical billing, lower the cost of prescription drugs, and maintain critical protections for people with preexisting conditions. And he is working to lower health insurance premiums, expand access to affordability assistance programs, and safeguard Americans from short-term junk insurance plans.
In Congress, Joe has co-sponsored and is working to pass the following legislation:
HR 1884 Protecting Pre-Existing Conditions and Making Health Care More Affordable Act
Would strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, reverse actions taken by the President to repeal the Affordable Care Act, halt the expansion of short-term junk insurance plans, and would lower health insurance premiums and expand affordability assistance.
H Res 271 Condemning the Trump Administration's Legal Campaign to Take Away Americans' Health Care
Resolves that it is unacceptable for the President to advance actions that would invalidate the Affordable Care Act and protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
HR 3502 Protecting People From Surprise Medical Bills Act
Would enact strong patient protections and ban the practice of surprise medical billing.
HR 3 The Lower Drug Costs Now Act
Would give Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies and creates new tools to force drug companies to agree to real price reductions.
HR 366 Insulin Access for All Act
Would amend the Social Security Act to eliminate cost-sharing requirements under Medicare and Medicaid for insulin.
HR 2527 Vaccinate All Children Act
Would prohibit states from offering religious or non-medical exemptions for meeting public school vaccine requirements.
HR 748 The Middle-Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act
Would repeal a provision of the Affordable Care Act that would introduce a 40 percent tax on high-cost insurance plans.
HR 1763 The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act
Would address the nationwide physician shortages by increasing the number of Medicare-supported residency positions by 3,000 each year for the next five years, for a total of 15,000 new residency positions.