Rising premiums and deductibles have rendered insurance useless for far too many, while also eating away at stagnant take-home pay. Meanwhile, companies like Mylan jack up the price of an EpiPen by 400% without a thought – or consequence.
As Chief of Staff at Brightpoint Health, Max helped working people get healthcare they could afford. He knows firsthand how underserved our community is when it comes to these vital services, and has taken active steps to address this issue, including helping bring a medical clinic and drug recovery center to the Island. Here are some of Max’s top healthcare priorities:
- Create a public healthcare option so that no county has just one insurer
- Enact all-payer rate-setting nationwide (as Maryland already does), giving the federal government the authority to negotiate the price of all medical services and set overall global budgets for hospital systems
- Lower the age of Medicare eligibility to 55
- Remove the healthcare system’s perverse profit incentives by transitioning to a system of valued based payments rather than fee-for-service
- Mandate that all health insurance companies provide essential benefits on a non-profit basis, ensuring that shareholders don’t benefit to the detriment of patients
- Protect public health through continued funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides much-needed health services to so many communities
- Expand healthcare market subsidies
- Fight any effort to restrict a woman’s right to choose
- Move the healthcare industry’s focus to achieving outcomes through investments in primary and preventive care
Competition is the American way. It’s high time that we level the playing field, so insurance companies and healthcare systems are competing on both pricing and quality with Medicare and other federal healthcare options.