Access to quality healthcare is a basic human right. We made tremendous progress with the passage of the Affordable Care Act, with guaranteed coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and for young people who are now able to remain on their parents’ plans. And that’s progress that needs to be protected. There is more important work to be done though – to tackle sky-high premiums and the cost of prescription drugs. I will work with members of both parties to get those fixes done in the next Congress.
We need to continue to tackle the opioid crisis which is killing young people around this country. As a Legislator, I hosted NARCAN trainings and I supported the creation of the Suffolk County Heroin and Opioid Epidemic Advisory Panel, and the County lawsuit that seeks to hold accountable those who have used deceptive practices to achieve widespread dissemination of opiates in our communities.
As a Legislator, I have worked to reduce tick populations and battle the epidemic of tick-borne illnesses. I successfully advocated for more County funding to combat the crisis and I stood with Schumer, Senator Gillibrand and County Executive Bellone to ask the CDC to redouble its efforts as well.
I have always and will always stand up for a woman’s right to control healthcare decisions regarding her own body. I have been a longtime ally of Planned Parenthood and know that they and our basic human rights are under attack – even from our own Congressman who signed a brief to the Supreme Court asking that the Court reconsider, and consider overturning Roe v. Wade. Defending a woman’s right to choose will be a top priority for me in Congress.