We spend more per capita on health services than any other nation in the world, and yet we still have over 40 million uninsured. Responsible families that have always lived within their means are driven into bankruptcy and destitution by the costs of unexpected illnesses. And while extension of health benefits has long been stonewalled on grounds of cost, the costs of not extending universal health care are driving our manufacturers out of business. I believe that Democrats must take the lead on this issue and that a system of universal healthcare is the best solution.
* Cosponsor of HR 1200, the American Health Security Act and HR 2133, the Health Security for all Americans Act. Both of which would provide universal healthcare coverage.
* Authored legislation featured on "60" Minutes to restore legal remedies for Americans with employer-provided health benefits.
* Wrote amendment that prevented Kaiser Permanente from closing the Panorama City hospital.