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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McCollum and Fortenberry, who will serve as Co-Chairs of the Caucus, released the following statements:
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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:
The Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies will accept project requests in the following accounts:
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: