Healthcare for all Americans
Fix and improve the Affordable Care Act
Rather than dismantle and repeal the Affordable Care Act, as the current Administration and some in Congress are working to do, Dean supports bipartisan proposals to stabilize insurance markets established by the ACA and bring more competition to areas lacking insurance options. He also supports reforms to end the practice of surprise medical billing and ensure greater transparency in the cost of care.
Expand Medicare as an option for all Americans
Lowering the cost of health care for his constituents has always been a top priority for Dean. That’s why he’s supporting legislation to allow individuals and families to buy into their state’s Medicaid program while allowing Americans with employer-provided care that works for them the freedom to keep it. By paving the way for Minnesotans to become policy innovators, we create an atmosphere of competition that would result in affordable, high quality care for the entrepreneurs, small business owners and service industry workers who don’t qualify for ACA subsidies and need healthcare now more than ever.
Reduce the cost of prescription drugs
Dean cosponsored, voted for and helped to pass the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019. Americans currently subsidize the entire world’s prescription drug prices, but this bill would require Medicare to negotiate on behalf of all Americans – whether they are Medicare beneficiaries or not – in order to achieve significantly lower costs. It also reinvests some of the savings into research for new cures that could potentially save billions in healthcare costs annually. Dean also supports making it easier for generic drugs to be tested and enter the market faster, which would save countless lives.
Reform the care delivery model
While the ACA represented an historic expansion of healthcare coverage, it didn’t do enough to reform the system and the cost-drivers that lead to higher healthcare costs for all Americans. Dean says often that we have a sick-care system, not a healthcare system, and we need to change the incentive structure to reward prevention over procedures. That’s why Dean will not support any plan that fails to include significant reforms to the care delivery model in order to lower costs.
Improve telehealth to ensure access to care
Dean believes that 21st century problems must be met with 21st century solutions. That means combining technology and preventative methods to meet the healthcare needs of millions of Americans during this pandemic. That’s why Dean introduced the bipartisan Telehealth Coverage and Payment Parity Act, legislation that would provide permanent coverage and payment equity for telehealth services at the federal level. He believes that during times like these it is absolutely paramount that we deliver care, and to do that effectively we must be flexible.