“Health care is a human right, and universal coverage is absolutely essential. Quality coverage must be affordable and accessible throughout Maryland and the nation.”
Affordable, quality health coverage should be a right and not a privilege in the United States of America. I believe access to health care is a moral issue, and I am proud of my work over the years to make it available to more Americans. I will work through whatever means available to protect and strengthen life-saving legislation, such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Instead of undermining the progress we have made, we should seek opportunities to further expand access to high-quality health care while bringing down costs. The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic shined a spotlight on our nation’s health disparities and the urgent need for quality health care access for all.
I am proud to represent a state that is home to pioneers in biomedical and clinical research, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, as well as key public health agencies like the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Maryland’s medical research institutions create healthcare delivery innovations and advance the field of biotechnology, saving lives and reducing health care disparities. Research teams at Maryland institutions, like Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland School of Medicine, are driving the science and our understanding of complex health challenges, as well as training the next generation of scientists and clinicians. I am proud of Maryland’s leadership in high-quality health care, and I will work hard to maintain this standard and ensure comprehensive, affordable health care is available to Americans nationwide.