A leading progressive voice on health care, Joe believes universal, high-quality, affordable health care is a basic human right, not a privilege. He is a proud co-sponsor of Medicare for All because he believes it is the strongest roadmap to an equitable system where every American has access to the care they need, when they need it. He worked hard with his colleagues in Congress to ensure the legislation included iron-clad protections for women’s health and critical coverage for long-term care for older adults and people with disabilities.
Within our existing health care system, Joe has prioritized health care equity. He has tirelessly fought discrimination against transgender patients, patients with pre-existing conditions, and patients seeking access to mental health and addiction care. He has been a leading voice in urging Congress to address the existing racial inequities in our system, particularly with regard to the maternal mortality crisis.
As we work to transition to a single-payer system, Joe advocates for policies to make health care more affordable and accessible immediately, like increased funding for community health centers, substance use treatment centers, and expanding Medicaid coverage. He is proud to have passed legislation to close loopholes exploited by pharmaceutical companies at the expense of patients, and supports policies to lower drug prices and hold pharmaceutical companies accountable.