Transparency in Healthcare
The cost of medical care can be dramatically reduced if healthcare facilities who are receiving federal funds (tax-payer money), which are all hospitals, are required to show all pricing on their websites. If we have transparency, the consumer (the patient) will choose the lower cost option. The competition in healthcare will drive down costs.
Drug costs are very high. I hear this complaint with Republicans and Democrats. This is a bipartisan issue. If the federal government caps prices, it will cost pharmaceutical companies money which will decrease research and innovation. There is a “middle-man” called PBM’s that dictate drug costs. I spoke with one pharmaceutical company that said they may price a drug at $30 for a month supply and the PBM (which is generally located overseas, not paying taxes) will jack the price up to $200, and that is what us as the consumer pays. This is injustice in healthcare, and it must stop. Medicaid and Medicare are run by the federal government, and they are the drivers in how health care facilities operate. I want to reform these entities to prioritize low-cost quality healthcare. As a nurse, I understand the complicated dynamics of achieving this, but I am the most experienced candidate in this race to achieve these goals. As a nurse, I am willing to listen to all parties involved in healthcare and work on policy to achieve these goals.
The censorship of medical expert opinions in the public must end. Truth must be sought for all available treatments for diseases. There must be transparency regarding vaccine side effects and investigations into cover-ups. Pharmaceutical companies and businesses forcing mandates cannot be free from liability.
As a registered nurse, every day I see the challenges faced by patients, their families, their providers, and the health organizations.
Having traveled to Africa and other locations on medical missions through the Church to help those lacking care, I know that North Carolinians have more access and greater quality of care than in some parts of the world. I am thankful for this care, and I want to see everyone in my district thrive economically and in their healthcare. I have visited rural health groups that give access to people especially of low-income. I want to support these facilities and grow them as they are fiscally responsible and prioritize quality healthcare for their patients.
I support tax deductions for all non-reimbursable health care costs and reforms that give individuals, not the government, more power to make our healthcare decisions. I will advocate for all Americans to have health insurance, while reforming Medicaid to encourage entry into the workforce rather than deterring it. This will boost the economy and small business while getting healthcare coverage for working Americans.
HEALTH CARE RIGHTS
But that doesn’t mean we should compromise on health care for ourselves and our loved ones, particularly for children and the elderly. I believe that need to reduce federal control over healthcare and return greater power to the states so they can address local priorities and needs.
I support tax deductions for all non-reimbursable health care costs and reforms that give individuals, not the government, more power to make our healthcare decisions, like vaccine mandates. I will advocate for all Americans to have health insurance, while reforming Medicaid to include work requirements for qualification.
It is undeniable that we have a mental health crisis in this country. There were already psychosocial needs prior to COVID, and from the isolation of the pandemic to the social awkwardness of masking and vaccination status, the separation of friends and families has taken a toll on all Americans.
Some pediatricians have reported a significantly greater concern in the suicidal rate in children compared to the risk of COVID for children. We know that even before the pandemic, ER's were full of psychiatric patients with no mental health facilities to send them.
As many psychiatric patients are uninsured, mental health facilities are under too much strain to have the funding to comply with all the current regulations on them. I support funding for building and staffing more mental health facilities and decreasing the regulations necessary to keep these facilities open.
Mental health is a safety concern for those suffering from these illnesses, as well as those around them. I want to make sure we have the infrastructure to help everyone in regards to this subject.