Healthcare for all Americans

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I believe it’s time we make the moral decision to ensure every American has affordable, high-quality healthcare – no matter their age, geography or condition.

I will support immediate action that gets us closer to that goal–and I will not rest until it’s achieved.

– Dean Phillips

Dean’s plan

Twenty-eight million Americans still lack health insurance, and as many as 30,000 people die every year as a result. Millions more cannot afford the insurance they have and are one health crisis away from bankruptcy. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was an important step forward in providing critical protections for patients, but more needs to be done to bring down the cost of care and expand coverage. Here’s what Dean is working to do:

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

Dean supports the expansion of Medicare as a public option for all Americans while preserving the protections established under the ACA. This way, more would benefit from the lower cost, higher quality care provided by Medicare—and those Americans with employer-provided care that works for them would maintain the freedom to keep it.

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.

Let’s create change—together.

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