Healthcare is a unique issue affecting all of us each day of our lives. For that reason, it is of paramount importance to every American.
I believe that every American deserves access to high quality, affordable healthcare.
Obamacare has made that proposition unachievable. Costs have skyrocketed and access hasn’t improved. Obamacare has shown that having insurance is not the same as having a doctor. And the “Affordable Care Act” is anything but affordable. That’s to say nothing of its job killing effects and astronomical costs to the taxpayer. Despite the many (broken) promises, middle-class families are now asked to choose between medicine, food, and rent.
There’s A Better Way.
As a practicing physician for over 20 years, I know firsthand the emotional and financial struggles families face.Fixing healthcare will be one of my chief priorities in Congress. I have a plan that will fix our failing system. In the Navy, keeping our patients healthy so that they’re fit to fight at a moments’ notice was job one, and that mindset translates to civilian healthcare as well. I will strengthen Medicaid, stabilize the insurance markets, and never abandon patients with pre-existing conditions.
As the Navy’s Chief Medical Officer and Director of Clinical Operations, I helped lead one of the nation’s largest healthcare systems: a worldwide network of nearly 9.5 million patients, 63,000 dedicated healthcare professionals, and an annual budget of $50 billion. From supporting troops in Afghanistan and Iraq to halting the spread of the Ebola virus in 2014, everyday presented unique challenges and opportunities. Directly accountable to Congress and the Secretary of Defense, we ensured that millions of military families enjoyed outstanding levels of Access, Quality, and Safety in their healthcare experience. Because when a Soldier, Sailor, Airman, or Marine is in the fight, we make sure they’re never distracted having to worry about their family’s health.
When it comes to fixing our broken healthcare system, I’ll bring the experience of a leader and the compassion of a doctor to Washington, always putting patients first.