PRIORITY

Universal Access to Affordable, Quality Healthcare

Universal access to affordable, quality healthcare is a human right and our healthcare system should work for, not against, people.

America’s current healthcare system has become a major obstacle for economic growth and a better life for working people. The US spends far more per person on health than any other nation on earth — yet our health outcomes are no better, and our families continued to be terrorized by “surprise costs,” such as extra bills for out-of-network providers. It is a system that is failing our families and bankrupting our national resources.

The Trump administration is trying to make this already-bad picture even worse, by seeking to repeal all the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. If successful, that would mean Americans with pre-existing conditions would lose their ability to get healthcare coverage. Americans would lose their life-time caps on out-of-pocket health expenses. Young people would no longer be able to get health coverage from their parents’ health plans, up to age 26.

Hickenlooper believes we need to reform our healthcare system — as a matter of social justice, and as an imperative for economic growth.

That’s what Hickenlooper did as Governor. Working on a bipartisan basis, he successfully expanded Medicaid, created one of the most innovative health exchanges in the country, and brought his state to near-universal coverage. Today nearly 95% of Coloradans have healthcare coverage.

As president, he will reform the country’s health system to achieve four key goals:

  1. Universal coverage, because healthcare is right.
  2. Stronger rules to control costs.
  3. Portability, so that people can change jobs, or start a company, without fear of losing their coverage.
  4. Ensuring that every American has a reliable place to go for their health — where the medical staff knows them and their conditions — a “medical home” — so that there is full attention to preventive and mental healthcare.

Hickenlooper rejects the idea of “Medicare for All” — moving all Americans to a government- run single-payer healthcare system. He notes that over 150 million Americans currently get their health through private, employer-provided coverage, and that most of them are satisfied with that arrangement. Under Hickenlooper’s plan, those who wish to keep their private coverage can do so; but those who lack coverage, or wish to switch, will be able to access a public option for insurance — such as buying into a plan like Medicare — on an open and affordable basis.

Hickenlooper’s plan will stop the endless spiraling of national healthcare costs. It will ensure every American has access to health coverage. And it will help unlock the energy of enterprising workers and would-be small business owners, who will be able to pursue their dreams without having to worry about being bankrupted by medical bills.

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