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While in the military all soldiers and every member of his/her family had access to quality and affordable healthcare. Why can’t all Americans have that same benefit?

My wife’s mother was diagnosed with Cancer- too late because she could not afford health care, said Walker. “Gus Bilirakis and the Republicans are damning other USA citizens to the same fate. They want to take health care and protections away from millions of us, and increase costs (and cover less) for others, while they benefit from an exceptional health care plan.

Before the ACA, insurance companies could deny any high risk individual healthcare. After ACA was passed that changed. Yet, there is still more work to be done to ensure hard working Americans purchase affordable healthcare. Since the Republicans have taken US Congress, they have continuously pushed to repeal ACA. The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the repeal of ACA would leave 23 million Americans uninsured. The ACA isn’t perfect but it can be improved. Kim proposes allowing states to offer a Medicaid buy-in for people who qualify for health insurance subsidies. A family of four making less than $85,000 should be able to use the federal subsidies to purchase state Medicaid plans.

Prescription Drugs

Historic increases in prescription drug prices and spending are contributing to unsustainable heath care costs in the United States. The cost of FDA approval and clinical trials adds billions to the cost of prescription drugs. Kim proposes passing legislation that will allow US pharmaceutical companies to sell medications that have been manufactured outside USA that have passed the same stringent regulations. This will not only lower cost but also bypass FDA approvals. Another option would be to pass an already existing legislation that was introduced by Senator Amy Klobuchar and Representative Peter Welch (Medicare Prescription Drug Price Negotiation Act of 2017). The bill amends Title XVIII (Medicare) of the Social Security Act to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to negotiate with pharmaceutical companies regarding prices for drugs covered under the Medicare prescription drug benefit. Current law prohibits CMS from doing so.

Opiod Epidemic

Florida has been hit hard by the opioid overdose epidemic. According to Florida Department of Law Enforcement Heroin, Fentanyl and Oxycodone were directly responsible for the deaths of 3,896 Floridians. This crisis demands more attention, greater access to treatment for those affected, and limition of prescriptions of these drugs to patients.