The healthcare debate has escalated dramatically over the past year and it is a critical challenge facing many Arizona families and small businesses. It’s especially important to states like Arizona with our large population of seniors and kids living in poverty, many of whom rely on Medicaid.
The repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would cause about 700,000 Arizonans to lose coverage—mostly seniors and children from low-income families. While the ACA is, by no means perfect, it’s clear that a complete repeal would be a disaster for too many of our people.
Many families would be forced to make life and death decisions—literally, choices between living and dying—based on what they earn. No-one should have to go bankrupt because they’re sick. And no-one should have to die because they’re not rich.
If the federal government places a greater burden on states to shape healthcare policy I will fight to protect Arizonans’ access to quality, affordable health care—especially our most vulnerable. This includes protecting those who suffer from pre-existing conditions from the dangers of skyrocketing premiums and discrimination by insurers. I will work to protect the right to basic coverage, like emergency services and maternity care.
Of course, any policy can be improved. And I support common sense ideas like allowing consumers to buy insurance across state lines, and negotiating lower drug prices with pharmaceutical companies.
We must also provide people with better preventive care, so that small problems don’t become worse. We must equip them to make smart choices about their own health and well-being, and their insurance coverage.
Smart, targeted reforms like these will help make coverage affordable and accessible for individuals and small businesses alike. It’s all about striking a smart balance between promoting personal responsibility, and protecting those who need the most help.