Healthcare and Prescription Drugs
Access to healthcare is a universal human right. All Californians should be able to see a doctor when they are sick and for preventative care. We must do more to address rising healthcare costs, especially by lowering the high cost of prescription drugs. According to a report by CBS News, drug prices went up an average of 10.5% in the first 6 months of 2019.
We cannot afford to wait for the federal government to address healthcare. I support plans to extend healthcare and prescription drug coverage to all Californians, starting with financial help for self-employed individuals and small business owners who need insurance. I also support Governor Newsom’s efforts to expand Medi-CAL coverage and leverage the buying power of our state to help negotiate the cost of prescription drugs.
We must take bold action to limit the rise of drug prices and demand greater price transparency.
- When I was a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the U.S. Department of Justice, I took on pharmaceutical companies that were breaking the law and taking advantage of vulnerable patients.
- I am on the Board of the Santa Clara County HealthTrust, whose mission is that everyone in our community should have the opportunity to be healthy. A person’s income, race, immigration status, language, age, sexual orientation or zip code should never act as a barrier to health. The Health Trust is a key part of our county’s social safety net for our homeless neighbors and for marginalized communities who need healthcare. I am proud to help oversee this important work.
- I recently wrote an op-ed in the Sacramento Bee to protect our county hospitals.
As State Senator, I will work to assure everyone in our state has access to health care.