2020 Issue Focus: Health Care

Who We Listen to on Health Care

Many Indivisibles got their start in this movement in the fight to save the Affordable Care Act. We know how important health care is to our movement—and to this country—which is why we make sure we’re listening to the best voices on this issue. Protect Our Care has been leading the fight to save the ACA and protect health care for millions of Americans. They have teams in 13 states who host earned media events, identify health care storytellers, and place Op-Eds and letters to the editor on health care. At the same time, Public Citizen is fighting to lower drug prices and expand health care to all Americans through Medicare for All. Any health care policies have to be inclusive of and crafted in partnership with the disability community, which is why we look to the folks at the Disability Justice Initiative at the Center for American Progress.

Why Health Care Matters for 2020

Heading into the midterms, health care ranked as the most important issue among voters of every race in battleground districts according to the 2018 Election Eve poll. Voters believe health care is a human right, and they expect candidates running at every level of the ballot to fight to protect and expand their health care coverage and access. Health care is a winning issue for progressives, and Democrats should be grounded in the fact that voters want candidates who will fight to protect the ACA and work to make sure all Americans have guaranteed access to quality affordable health care.

What Candidates Should be Talking About on Health Care

  • We Need to Protect the ACA. Even after several failed attempts to repeal the ACA—and even after losing at the ballot box as a result of those failed attempts—the Trump administration is still trying to undermine the Affordable Care Act. They’ve even taken their repeal fight to the courts—most notably in the form of Texas v. HHS, which would eliminate the Affordable Care Act and its protections. We need 2020 candidates who are willing to call out this administration’s attempts to undermine our health care coverage, and fight to ensure protections for everyone.

  • We Need to Pass Medicare for All. There is no doubt that the Affordable Care Act has saved lives. But while it is an absolute improvement, the ACA still doesn’t go nearly far enough. Medical issues still remain the number one cause of bankruptcies in the country, and the high cost of prescription drugs forces too many people to choose between paying their bills or putting their health at risk. We need to pass Medicare for All to ensure our health care system is inclusive of the needs of everyone in this country. We expect any Medicare for All plan to include coverage for undocumented immigrants, home and community based long-term services and supports for disabled Americans, and quality care for people with pre-existing conditions.

Who’s Getting it Right on Health Care

Senator Sanders has been fighting for universal health care for decades, and has made Medicare for All a cornerstone of his 2020 Presidential campaign. Other 2020ers have been following in his footsteps, with Senator Harris and Secretary Castro also calling for Medicare for All. Look for 2020 candidates to affirm their commitment to saving the ACA, while going further in guaranteeing they will fight for Medicare for All.