Quality, affordable healthcare is a right, not a privilege. Passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act (Obamacare) was a giant leap in the right direction – but we have to strengthen the core tenets of this law and make it financially and politically sustainable and not subject to the whims of a President Trump or anyone else who seeks to reduce coverage for the neediest among us.
Twenty six years ago, I joined candidate Bill Clinton’s Presidential campaign in Little Rock and began my work on this very issue. Eleven years ago, Barack Obama asked me to open and manage his national Presidential campaign headquarters in Chicago, and I was heartened to welcome so many volunteers who joined the campaign because of this very issue.
I am deeply moved by the number of people who have shared with me that quality, affordable healthcare is their main concern. Some in our community skip medications because they can’t afford them. Some have declared bankruptcy because of past medical events. Some are frightened to change jobs because they would lose coverage. Many worry for their children – some with special needs. Still more worry about their parents as they age.
The USA is a wealthy country, and Illinois is a wealthy state with an economic output of $820 billion dollars a year. We can reap great rewards and attract new businesses and residents by making available quality, affordable healthcare with coverage for pre-existing conditions, dental care, and mental health. We must lower prescription drug prices to a level that is no more costly than what the rest of the world pays. And we must focus on preventive medicine, nutrition, exercise, and competition in healthcare products.
If you were one of the many people who became interested in politics and elections because of this issue, join me, and let’s advance this. Hire me to do this.