We need universal, guaranteed, high-quality health care so that every single American is healthy enough to go to school, work a job, start a business, raise a family, and live up to their full potential. Each day that we fail to deliver on that promise is another day that Americans will be forced to split their pills, to postpone seeing a doctor, to make the impossible choice between paying rent or paying their premiums.
Beto’s plan would dramatically reduce out of pocket expenses and eliminate deductibles for Medicare participants—and it would ensure everyone who wants to enroll in Medicare can do so, without eliminating employer sponsored insurance. That’s because Beto believes health care—including reproductive and mental health care—is a right, not a privilege.
Beto believes health care is a right, not a privilege. As president, he will work with Congress to enact legislation—Medicare for America—that will ensure universal access to high-quality health care and dramatically reduce out of pocket costs. Here’s how it works:
- If you don’t have health care—or you’re insufficiently covered—you will be enrolled in Medicare
- If you want to be enrolled in Medicare, you can be
- If your employer offers a private insurance plan, you can participate in that.
- You will not be discriminated against because of a pre-existing condition.
Beto’s health care plan would also cover long-term services and supports, including home and community-based care.
Beto believes no American should have to decide between eating and taking the medication they need to stay alive—but he knows that, right now, Americans spend more per capita on pharmaceuticals than any other high-income country. That’s in large part because of the influence of corporations and pharma lobbies. And each year, Americans spend an average of over $1,000 per person on prescription drugs. To address the rising cost of prescription drugs, Beto will:
- Allow drug importation from Europe and Canada and modify regulations to get generics on the market faster
- Pass universal health care through Medicare for America—and limit out of pocket costs based on income
- Protect against monopoly pricing by allowing Medicare to negotiate for drugs and allowing the federal government to intervene if a drug manufacturer refuses to set a reasonable price, by giving the license to a different manufacturer, and compensating the patent holder for research and risk
Beto believes everyone should have access to reproductive health care they need—including abortion. As president, Beto will:
- Appoint Supreme Court Justices and federal court judges who respect Roe as the settled law of the land
- Work with Congress to pass legislation that protects the full spectrum of reproductive health care through insurance coverage. This includes prohibiting abortion restrictions on private insurance.
- Repeal the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the spending of federal funds on abortion services.
- Prevent states from mandating purposeless medical procedures and protocols, including unnecessary waiting periods or ultrasound requirements that are designed to prevent women from accessing abortion
- Enact universal health care coverage, enabling all women to access reproductive health care and contraception
- Read the plan here.
Beto believes we cannot live in a country where black Americans face higher health care costs and lower life expectancies, where we have a maternal mortality crisis that is three times as deadly for women of color, and where we have disparities in infant mortality between white Americans and black Americans that are greater today than in the year 1850. As president, Beto will:
- Combat the maternal and infant mortality crisis in this country, by:
- Addressing maternal health deserts—which impact more than 5 million women—through Title X and the National Health Service Corps
- Ensuring everyone has access to the full spectrum of maternal health services from cervical screenings to access to midwives and doulas
- Ensuring mental health services to new mothers and expanding home visiting programs so families have the support they need