Any American who has struggled to pay a medical bill or worried about losing their health insurance knows that access to affordable healthcare is a family issue. While we have made progress towards expanding health insurance coverage through the Affordable Care Act, more work remains. In the richest country on the planet, no one should have to go without healthcare.
Tim believes healthcare is a basic right for all Americans, not a privilege. He proudly supported the Affordable Care Act and its Patient Bill of Rights in order to make this right a reality for millions of Americans. While there are real opportunities to improve the law and make insurance more affordable for working families, the consequences of repealing the ACA would be devastating for working Ohioans. Over 64,000 Ohioans who have gained health insurance through the ACA could lose coverage, over 5 million Ohioans could once again be denied health coverage due to a pre-existing condition, and the Ohio families who have saved an average of $2,300 thanks to slower premium growth since the ACA became law could be hit with higher premiums and deductibles.
In Congress, Tim has fought to defend access to affordable care for Ohio’s working families. Working across the aisle, he supported legislation to make meaningful investments in life-saving medical research to help find cures to chronic and rare diseases. Tim also understands that we must invest not just in healthcare, but in the health and wellness of the American people as well. Tim has supported legislation that promotes wellness and nutrition in our healthcare system and opposed partisan attempts to cut the Affordable Care Act’s investment in preventative medicine and substance abuse treatment.
Taking action on Healthcare
- Tim supported the Affordable Care Act but would go even further. Many Ohio families will remain without healthcare until we join every other developed nation on the planet and establish a universal healthcare system.
- Tim cosponsored the 21st Century Cures Act, which supports investment in life-saving medical research. This bipartisan bill also provides $1 billion in emergency funding to combat the opioid epidemic. It passed and was signed into law in 2016.
- To promote a shift in the healthcare system towards promoting wellness, Tim introduced the Expansion of Nutrition’s Role in Curricula and Healthcare (ENRICH) Act. This bipartisan bill helps medical schools develop wellness curriculum that promotes integrated nutrition and physical activity as part of patients’ treatment programs.
- In 2016, the President signed Tim’s Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act into law. This bipartisan law increases education and prevention efforts, empowers law enforcement to prevent overdose deaths, and helps Americans struggling with addiction get the treatment they need to get their lives back on track.