All Americans should have comprehensive, affordable, quality health care as a fundamental right. The Affordable Care Act, which I voted for in 2010, has been a major step in the right direction. It has expanded health coverage and protected patients, no matter how you get your insurance. However, we have more work to do to reduce costs, including out-of-control prescription drug costs, and to further improve the quality of care.
In Congress, I strongly oppose efforts to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act, weaken Medicaid for vulnerable Americans, or endanger Medicare for seniors today and in the future. I strongly support creating a public option in our health care system, efforts to address health disparities, and policies that will address the rise of prescription drug costs. We must also do more to ensure all Americans have access to mental and behavioral health services. To fulfill our goal of a true universal health care system, I have proposed the America’s Right to Health Care Amendment, which would enshrine a fundamental right to health care in our Constitution.
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Because of the leadership of the Biden-Harris administration and House Democrats, the American Rescue Plan, a historic and life-saving bill, is helping to meet the needs of communities in Minnesota's Fourth District and around the nation.
Highlights of the American Rescue Plan include:
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Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) issued the following statement today following the House passage of the American Rescue Plan, which will now be sent to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) issued the following statement today ahead of Labor Day:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after President Trump issued a series of executive orders related to the coronavirus pandemic:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement today after House Democrats introduced the next COVID-19 emergency response bill, The Heroes Act (H.R. 6800):
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), released the following statement today after the Department of Labor released its monthly jobs report:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) released the following statement after the House passed an interim funding package, the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act, to provide additional funding for the Paycheck Protection Program, COVID-19 testing, and funds for personal protective equipment for our front line health care workers and facilities.
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.) has initiated and led a bipartisan letter to House leadership requesting dedicated funding for children’s specialty hospitals in the next COVID-19 federal emergency response package. Signed by 149 Members of Congress, including 30 Republicans, the letter signals strong support for ensuring children’s hospitals can continue to provide care to critically ill children during the coronavirus pandemic and beyond.
Representatives from children’s hospitals within Minnesota’s Fourth District released the following statements:
Congresswoman Betty McCollum (DFL-Minn.), Chair of the Interior-Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, released the following statement today after the third coronavirus emergency response package was expected to pass the U.S. House of Representatives: