Public Health

Much like education, health care is a human right. Yet today-- six years after the Affordable Care Act was passed-- nearly 50 million Americans still lack health insurance. And even among individuals who have insurance health care costs are simply too high. As your congressman, I will work with colleagues, communities, and health care professionals to reduce health care costs and ensure that everyone is covered by insurance.

The Affordable Care Act represents a major step forward, but it doesn't go far enough. If we want to truly address skyrocketing health-care costs, we must transition to universal healthcare by expanding the single-payer system so that it applies to all Americans. Until we reach this goal, Medicaid must be expanded and costs must be reined in the ability of drug companies to rip off consumers. For starters, we should be allowed to have a public-option available to everyone on the free-market.

Since World War II, almost every President has endeavored to reform the health care system. In 2010, Congress was finally able to pass the Affordable Care Act (also known as “Obamacare”), but it wasn't as strong as most Americans would have liked. I’m not a huge fan of Obamacare because I feel we could have negotiated a better deal.

Nevertheless, Obamacare is a step in the right direction and has enabled millions of uninsured Americans to finally access health care, including college students who living with their families and individuals with pre-existing conditions. Obamacare also ended caps on lifetime coverage and created a cap on salaries and bonuses that don't exceed 15% of premiums received.

My opponent, Walters, supported YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts (Ryan Budget Plan; Bill HCR34&SCR21). Walters supported NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.2). Walters supported NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health (Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act; Bill H.R.1424). Walters supported NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act; Bill HR 4 ("First 100 hours")). Once again, she is not standing for WE the People, she is standing for special interest Wall Street and Billionaire Class campaign contributors. See which industries are Walters' largest contributors here!

Walters’ Voting/Support Record:

  • YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts (Ryan Budget Plan; Bill HCR34&SCR21)
  • NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP Reauthorization Act; Bill H.R.2)
  • NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health (Mental Health and Addiction Equity Act; Bill H.R.1424)
  • NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D (Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act; Bill HR 4 ("First 100 hours"))
  • NOT standing up for WE the People

Varasteh’s Congressional Pledge:

  • Health Care is a human right
  • Universal Healthcare - Medicare for all
  • Protect Medicare for seniors
  • Label our genetically engineered food
  • Standing up for WE the People
  • Not for sale