Every Alabamian deserves access to high-quality healthcare at an affordable price. We cannot afford to go back to a time when the insurance companies discriminate based on a pre-existing condition or charge unreasonable premiums to a vulnerable population. We must also hold pharmaceutical companies responsible for keeping the price of their drugs to a reasonable level to ensure the public good is never sacrificed in exchange for larger corporate profits. A healthcare system that leaves large populations uninsured is not just morally reprehensible, it also is fundamentally flawed economic policy. By improving policy coverage and incentivizing new insurers to enter underserved markets, we can further reduce personal bankruptcies, medical costs and premiums, and provide more effective patient care for better health outcomes.
Healthcare accounts for approximately 17% of GDP, meaning hard-working Alabamians spent a significant portion of their income on maintaining or regaining their health. To improve our health outcomes and keep healthcare affordable, we must:
- Expand Medicaid to allow a larger percentage of our at-risk population to have health security and financial protection.
- Restore funding for mental health programs and facilities that have experienced devastating cuts over the past several years.
- Stabilize and save our smaller community health centers and rural hospitals.
Affordable health care is not an expense, it’s an investment in our society and future. We will experience better health outcomes and positively contribute to our overall economic output.