Health care is very personal for me. My dad was very sick last year, and he was fortunate to have access to life-saving treatment, paid for by Medicare. We sat by his bedside in Indianapolis for nearly a month while he was in a coma. But we didn’t have to worry about our family going bankrupt to pay for his care, because Medicare was there for him. And I didn’t have to worry about losing my job, because I was able to take paid family and medical leave. 

My family’s story is not unusual. Every family faces unexpected health care expenses, and there is no way of predicting them. The whole point of insurance is that it covers the unexpected. That is what it’s there for.

Instead of making coverage more affordable, Republicans in Congress want to take us back to the days when your health plan didn’t have to cover essential services, you could not get coverage if you had a pre-existing condition, and you could lose your insurance if your care became too expensive. They will make care more expensive for our seniors, and take away their long-term care.

I believe that health care is a right, not a privilege. But health care has become unaffordable for too many Americans. Family budgets are being strained by prescription drug costs. Premiums and co-pays are far too high for millions of Americans. Instead of fixing these problems, Trumpcare would leave millions of Americans paying more for less coverage.

The solutions to these problems are there, if we are willing to join together and fight the special interests who make our health care system the most expensive in the world.

In the richest nation on earth, we should be able to achieve universal coverage and make care affordable for every single American. We can do this by fighting for Medicare for All. In the shorter term, we should insist on adding a public option, as Senator Sanders has proposed. But we can't stop at universal coverage. We have to bring down costs. We can do that by eliminating the ban on Medicare negotiating prices directly with drug companies, and moving from a fee-for-service system to one that pays providers for keeping their patients well.

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