I believe medical care is a human right, not a privilege for the wealthy.
In Arizona, every person should be able to get medical attention when they need it, without the fear of going bankrupt, without paying sky-high premiums, and without surprise bills from insurance megacorporations. That’s why I support Medicare for All.
As we pressure the federal government to act, we need immediate relief right now in Arizona. Here’s my plan:
- The Arizona Public Option: I would introduce legislation to create a statewide public health insurance option. All Arizonans would be able to get health insurance through the Arizona Option. And because the Arizona Option would be run as a nonprofit, it would be cheaper than private health insurance. The Arizona Option also benefits all Arizonans by competing with private health insurance companies, forcing them to bring their costs down.
- Cap Out-of-Pocket Costs for Insulin: One in 10 Arizonans live with diabetes. And one in three are prediabetic. Drug manufacturers are exploiting our health by jacking up the price of insulin, which has tripled in cost over the last decade. As a result, some Arizonans are being forced to ration their life-sustaining insulin and are even dying as a result. I would introduce legislation to cap the out-of-pocket cost of insulin at $15 a month.
- Expand Insurance Coverage Eligibility: When we were young, our parents were there for us and took care of us. Now we can take care of them when they need it the most. In office, I would pass a law to allow health insurance policyholders add their parents and grandparents as dependents to their health insurance plans. This would dramatically expand coverage to uninsured people and those unable to afford a health insurance plan of their own.
- Expand Access to All Arizonans, Regardless of Their Immigration Status: I would introduce legislation allowing all Arizonans--regardless of their immigration status-- to qualify for AHCCCS and the Arizona Option.