I believe that access to health care is a fundamental right — one that too many of our fellow North Texans have been denied for too long. This must change, which is why I believe we must make Medicare for All a reality in this country.
We have a health care crisis in North Texas. According to the Dallas Morning News, nearly 1 in 5 Dallas County residents — over 500,000 people — lack health coverage. Statewide, nearly 1 in 6 Texans are uninsured, the highest rate in the nation.
Instead of offering solutions to this crisis, Donald Trump and Pete Sessions are actively working to sabotage health care for those who do have it. I’ve met some of these Texans. They are the small business owner trying to get her dream off the ground, the high schooler whose only health care choices are the school nurse or the emergency room, and the hourly worker who has fallen through the cracks.
We can do better in this country. Health care isn’t a luxury item you can go without—it’s a matter of life and death. You don’t choose when you get cancer, get into a car accident, or have a child born with a serious medical condition. Access to quality, affordable health care shouldn’t depend on how much money you make, how wealthy your parents are, or how generous your employer is.
That’s why I support Medicare for All. The American people deserve the opportunity to choose a health care option that cuts out the insurance executives and puts people before profits. Entrepreneurs deserve to have the flexibility to strike out on their own without having to worry about losing coverage. Employers deserve to be able to focus on growing their businesses instead of struggling to provide adequate insurance. And no American should ever have to choose between getting the care their loved one needs and going bankrupt.
Our country was born of the idea that we are all endowed with certain inalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Access to health care is fundamental to the promise of that declaration, because you can’t be truly free if your next illness or accident could cause financial ruin for you and your family.
We know that this won’t be easy, but in every fight to better our nation we have seen that nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come. I ask that you join me in my fight for Medicare for All.