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Joe Neguse – Healthcare Position Statement:
The right to quality health-care, which means opposing efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, fighting for the Expanded & Improved Medicare-For-All Act, which would ensure universal healthcare coverage, and fighting to decrease prescription drug costs (for example, by mandating Medicare negotiate prices and enabling importation of prescription drugs from Canada).
— End of Position Statement by Joe Neguse on Healthcare —
Mark Williams – Summary Position on Healthcare:
I commit to fighting for not just Medicare for All, but for an Improved and Expanded Medicare for All that is a single-payer health system.
I will act to protect the exiting Medicare system from encroachment and attacks of attrition. Thus, I oppose converting Medicare to a voucher system, sometimes referred to as “premium support.
Medical care is a basic human right. Having health insurance is just and fair, and it preserves the social compact between the government and the people. I support the expansion of access and increasing funding for Medicaid and CHIP. I support maintaining tax exclusion for employer-sponsored health coverage.
I support Medicare for All because it fundamentally and immediately affects the well-being of every American and therefore our nation.
We currently have a healthcare system that is for profit, not for people. Awash in monopolies and oligopolies— and with few checks and balances on their market power— you and I pay the cost in the form of increasing premiums and drug prices but poorer health outcomes.
It’s time to challenge an industry that ranks first in lobbying both parties. Medicare for All offers a single payer system that delivers less costly care with better health outcomes and 60% of all Americans favor it.
I will join those in Congress already supporting Medicare for All and I will also personally work towards decreasing the power of the healthcare industry by pledging never to take their lobby contributions.
— Expanded Position Statement by Mark Williams on Healthcare follows —
Clean Campaign Funding and Single Payer Healthcare for All:
Pledging never to take the lobby contributions of the healthcare industry means that, unlike my opponent, I don’t take money from the Political Action Committee, AmeriPAC. (VOTE WILLIAMS IN CD 2 PRIMARY: MARIE ADAMS). That PAC – AmeriPAC – is, in turn, controlled by DC Insider, Steny Hoyer, and it takes money from big insurance companies like Anthem, United health, Cigna, etc. and also from Pfizer, Eli Lilly, and from Monsanto – which is set to merge with Bayer, a huge pharmaceutical company.
AmeriPAC bundles all those funds together with contributions from other sources – including other special interests and lobbyists – and passes money down the food chain until it reaches the little fish – like the professional politicians in your district who are spending money on TV advertisements to solicit your vote. I don’t take those monies and I won’t accept them, which means that the pharmaceutical companies and the health insurance companies don’t have a hold on me. (CORRUPTION AT HOME IN 2ND CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT CAMPAIGN: JUST AS DIRTY, JUST AS WRONG (LETTER))
I refuse all PAC money (Sean Scanlan: Mark Williams gets this vote). Therefore, when I say Single Payer Medicare for all, I mean a healthcare system that is free from lobbying from big insurance and pharma industries, which means an emphasis on successful preventive health care, instead of a failed health care system that cranks up opportunities for Big Pharma to sell more drug treatments.
I support a woman’s right to choose and to have access to excellent healthcare for herself and her family, including “the Title X program, which provides low-income women (and some men) access to family planning services”, and which is under attack from the Trump administration. As the Washington Times also stated, in that same report on May 18th, 2018, Planned Parenthood and other family planning clinics are under siege across the nation: “The Trump administration is proposing to bar clinics that provide abortion services or referrals from receiving federal family-planning funds, a far-reaching move that would deprive Planned Parenthood and other women’s health centers of millions of dollars a year”.
The Trump administration’s move, however, would not just impact the availability of abortion alone. As Sarah Kliff reported on Vox.com (The Trump administration is quietly helping states defund Planned Parenthood) that same day: since “…Planned Parenthood serves about 41 percent of the patients who get contraception through Title X…”, these “[n]ew rules could leave low-income women without access to affordable birth control”.
For thousands of women across the nation, Planned Parenthood clinics are their source for doctors for cancer screenings, for regular check-ups and for child birth. Some have to drive 50 miles to see a doctor. Health care should be readily accessible for all, without impediment, and I will fight to see that women’s healthcare is protected.
Children’s Health and Nutrition:
I support ensuring healthy nutrition standards for school meals and snacks, such as the standards outlined in the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act.
I support paid training during working hours for all school food service personnel in order to ensure students receive nutritious meals at school?
I oppose any cuts or attempts to block grant funding for school meals and child nutrition programs, particularly the Community Eligibility Provision.
Reversing Our Dark Path to Suicide:
This very week – on June 12, 2018 – our nation heard the news that: “[a] new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found the U.S. suicide rate rose by 25 percent over the past two decades. The report found nearly 45,000 suicides occurred in the United States in 2016, more than twice the number of homicides. Firearms accounted for 51 percent of all suicides in the same year. Among people ages 15 to 34, suicide was the second leading cause of death”.
Democracy Now, who interviewed Dr. J. John Mann – a psychiatry professor at Columbia University, and a division director at the New York State Psychiatric Institute – about this public health crisis (123 Deaths a Day: Inside the Public Health Crisis of Rising Suicide Rates in the United States), reports a rate of 123 suicides a day across the nation. That means that approximately every ten minutes, somewhere in the United States, someone is choosing to violently end their own life.
Dr. Mann stated: “The context of this is not that the United States is sharing this problem with the rest of the world. It’s quite different. The United States has had a steadily rising suicide rate for two decades. Much of the rest of the world has had a declining suicide rate. So, we are going very much in the wrong direction”.
Suicide, says the report from the CDC, is the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S., and it is a treatable problem: at a minimum, we must move to provide the level of psychiatric services that permit early diagnosis and treatment of incidences of mental illnesses that frequently precipitate, not only high levels of suicide, but also multiple other occurrences of suffering in society as well – including addiction and homicide – many of which are readily preventable by implementing good physical and mental health care, combined with reasonable opportunities for a decent quality of life.
In short, we badly need to transform our nation into the sort of positive environment where our citizens can grow and flourish, socially, economically, physically and mentally – rather than the dark path it is proceeding down today.
I am inviting my fellow citizens residing in CD2 to vote in this Democratic Primary for a congressional candidate committed to bringing about just such a transformation.
— End of Expanded Position Statement by Mark Williams on Healthcare —
The information for this blog was provided by the campaigns of Joe Neguse and Mark Williams and is not meant to be an endorsement by NoCo magazine of either candidate, as we are a non-partisan publication. We are merely providing information to potential voters. NOTE: Unaffiliated voters can vote in this election. It is important, though, to choose just one of the two main primaries to submit your vote to, or it will be invalidated; there is no Republican Primary for the congressional seat of CD2.