Health Care, Medicare, Social Security

Health Care:  Naomi believes that health care costs are out of control, and she supports allowing people of any age to buy into Medicare. The government is already heavily involved in health care—and has been for more than half a century. Government safety net programs insure seniors through Medicare, veterans through the VA and TRICARE, our military and their families though the Defense Health Program, low-income children through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, and low-income families through Medicaid. She supports robust investment in medical research and disease prevention. She also favors continuing to block private insurers from refusing to cover people with pre-existing conditions or imposing lifetime or annual caps on coverage.  

She also knows that our seniors paid for and earned their Medicare and Social Security benefits, and she will fight to preserve and strengthen these successful programs.

Medicare: The first step would be to save money by efficiencies in Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit. If Medicare could negotiate the price of prescription drugs – as do other agencies such as the VA – it would save billions over the next ten years. But a Republican Congress actually passed a law prohibiting Medicare from negotiating the prices to save taxpayers money. Naomi will support legislation to change this. She also thinks it's necessary to step up oversight as well, and wants to increase the number of auditors and improve technology to crack down on waste, fraud, and abuse. In addition, the long-term viability of the program depends on containing the rise in health care costs. The ACA significantly slowed that rise. Unfortunately, the actions taken by the Trump Administration and Congress have worsened the outlook for the trust fund.  

Social Security:  It is unfair for the wealthy to pay only on the first $128,400 of their income, while most Americans, who make far less, pay on their entire income. This also hurts the financial stability of Social Security. Therefore, the cap of $128,400 must be eliminated to secure this earned benefit for future generations. This is a simple and fair fix.

Naomi Andrews