A Healthier & More Equitable Oregon
There are no two ways about it - basic healthcare is a human right. Many elected officials, including my opponent, say that they support “access” to healthcare. But “access” is often a codeword for upholding the status quo - a privatized system in which patients are seen as consumers and are charged astronomically-high prices for basic care, so that for-profit providers can reap as much profit as possible. The fact that such a system exists in the 21st century in the wealthiest nation in the world does not sit well with me; nor does it sit well with the many Oregonians who are forced to go into debt just to pay their medical bills. In fact, the cruel nature of our for-profit healthcare system has most recently reared its ugly head in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
It is high time to throw out for-profit healthcare and replace it with a statewide, single-payer system free at point of use, similar to Medicare-for-All.
I believe that reproductive care is an essential part of basic healthcare. Yet, a woman’s right to bodily autonomy is on increasingly thin ice. In this modern age, we simply cannot afford to return to an age when reproductive care was neither safe nor legal. Oregon has long been a leader in the fight for reproductive care, and as your representative, I will proudly defend such rights for women in the state legislature.