Too many Mainers face impossible choices between affording a trip to the doctor and paying their bills. Sara believes that every single Mainer should have access to affordable and quality health care – it is a basic human right.
“I’ve been a type 2 diabetic pretty much most of my adult life. My three-month prescription for insulin, even with insurance, cost roughly about $1,300. We need someone in Washington who will take steps to lower the cost of medications, like Sara has in Maine.”
– Paul D., Brewer, ME
Ensuring access to affordable and quality health care for every Mainer
As Maine Speaker of the House, Sara passed bold prescription drug reforms to crack down on big drug companies and their skyrocketing prices and was relentless in her work to expand Medicaid coverage to an estimated 70,000 Mainers.
She also passed a bill to protect Mainers’ health care coverage so that no matter what happens in Washington, 225,000 Mainers with pre-existing conditions can’t be discriminated against, kids can remain on their parents’ insurance until they are 26, and seniors aren’t forced to pay more for coverage.
Health care reforms have helped increase access, but there is far more work to be done to lower costs and to make sure that every single American has access to care.
Sara believes we need to complete the work we started under the Affordable Care Act and in the Senate, she will fight to:
- Expand access to quality and affordable health care to every person including those with pre-existing conditions;
- Allow anyone to choose to buy into Medicare through a newly created public option, while preserving the choice for those who like their private insurance to keep it; and
- Crack down on big drug companies to lower the cost of prescription drugs by allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices, capping out-of-pocket prescription drug costs for seniors, creating a federal drug importation program, and ending pay-for-delay schemes that help keep the cost of prescription drugs high.