“OF ALL THE FORMS OF INEQUALITY, INJUSTICE IN HEALTH CARE IS THE MOST SHOCKING AND INHUMAN” – MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.
Health care is a human right. We live in times where we have the technology, resources, and skills available to ensure that everyone has equal access to affordable, quality health care. And yet, our reality is far from this future.
West Virginians have the third highest rate of past-due medical debt out of all fifty states. The higher the rate of uninsured individuals, the more likely that state is to have higher rates of past-due medical debt.
West Virginians also rank 46th in health care overall. From affordability (36th) to mortality rates (49th), West Virginia children, adults, and the elderly have a lower standard of living because of an unaffordable and inaccessible health care system.
But, it doesn’t have to be this way. A health care plan that puts people first, and not the bloated health insurance companies, can succeed in providing all West Virginians with affordable health care coverage.
If elected, I will work to enact West Virginia’s first universal health care program that will eliminate co-pays, deductibles, and premiums – all barriers to health living – while allowing doctors and nurses the freedom to get back to providing quality health care to all patients. In this system, it will not be bloated insurance companies that negotiate prices with hospitals and clinics, but West Virginians.
I will also work to expand rural clinics to increase the accessibility of health care to rural residents across our state, many of whom cannot visit a hospital or clinic because of distance and issues of public transportation. This will decrease health care costs over the long-term and will increase the general health care and well-being of citizens from rural regions of the state.