The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was a great leap forward toward creating a sustainable framework that will provide comprehensive healthcare to everyone who needs it. We can continue this by improving the insurance exchanges, and increasing support for Medicare while restructuring it. Expanding the exchanges to encourage competition will help drive down prices, and improve coverage. In the coming years, our nation will have a larger demographic than ever seeking coverage under Medicare. We must allocate more resources to give them the coverage they were promised, and upon which they structured their retirement.

The ACA established a number of provisions to provide a minimum standard for quality of care, comprehensive coverage, and affordability. From extending the age limits of dependents, to preventing discrimination of those with pre-existing conditions, these provisions are vital to making healthcare accessible to all Americans.  Youth entering the workforce have less buying power today than the generations before them, so allowing them to stay on their parent’s insurance plans ensures they can access healthcare without drowning in debt. By creating protections for those with preexisting conditions, the ACA has saved countless lives by ensuring those who need treatment the most are able to receive it.

Despite these successes, the ACA does have room for improvement. To maintain the good created by this law, we need to strengthen and correct oversights within the existing framework. We must create a positive dialogue to hammer out the best solution for the insurance and healthcare industries to provide more extensive coverage and quality care at reasonable costs.

Many Americans have jobs in the healthcare industries and we have to ensure they do not lose their livelihoods while reforming health care. The demand for healthcare professionals will not be lost with the transition to a reformed and strengthened ACA. Cheaper health care costs will not put doctors out of work. With the expansion of the exchange system and Medicaid, the demand for health insurance administrators will not be at risk either. Ensuring job security for Americans in these vital fields is a priority.

We must start research that has been blocked by Congressional Republicans for a Medicare-for-All model in the United States. Other countries successfully implemented such a system, but they’re fundamentally different than the United States. The first step in creating a single-payer system is getting the research so we can create a plan.

Just as our campaign puts people first, we must put people over profit.  Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness is dependant upon access to affordable, accessible and comprehensive healthcare for all. The interests of all Americans are best served when healthcare is a human right.