I am focused on providing a better healthcare future for all Virginians, where doctors and patients can be in control of their own healthcare decisions and everyday American families have the option to see a doctor of their choice. It is critical that we continue to lower the cost of healthcare and ensure all Virginians can access coverage. I believe The Affordable Care Act showed that government-run healthcare does not sufficiently address the core challenges facing our healthcare system; in many cases, physician choice disappeared, and premium costs skyrocketed. We need a health care system that empowers individuals and families to make decisions for themselves based on what best fits their needs, wants, and budget. I support a system with patient-provider centered reforms that expand choices for consumers, increase access to care, and reduce health care costs. We must continue to provide insurance coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, allow young people to stay on a parent’s plan, and eliminate lifetime caps for insurance coverage.
Securing funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) is vital. This program provides low-cost health care coverage to children in states that earn too much money to qualify for Medicaid. I have voted to reauthorize CHIP many times, including in the Bipartisan Budget Act reauthorizes CHIP for six years and provides two years of increased funding for federal community health centers.
Furthermore, I believe Medicare and Social Security have served our nation well, providing medical benefits and retirement security for millions of Americans. I believe we need to honor our commitment to current Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries and those who are nearing eligibility. It is critical for us to ensure the long-term substantiality of these programs so future generations can have the peace of mind and security these programs provide current seniors. Rest assured, I’m committed to preserving these critical programs for decades to come.