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Health & Wellness

Affordable Care Act

The Affordable Care Act addressed a major need in our nation. Prior to its passage, 47 million Americans had no health insurance and millions more were financially burdened by the limited coverage. In addition to expanding health coverage, the ACA has protected Americans from losing coverage because of a pre-existing condition, among other protections, and saved seniors billions of dollars on their prescription drugs. Accessible, affrordable, high-quality health care should not be treated as a privilege, but a basic human right.  I will continue to push back against Republican efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, by supporting efforts to strengthen and improve it.  Read more about this landmark law.

Childhood Obesity

Nearly one-third of all children in this country are overweight or obese – a rate that has tripled over the past fifty years and disproportionally impacts at-risk communities.  Left unchecked, obesity threatens to create the first generation of Americans with shorter life expectancies than their parents.

To combat this epidemic, I was the first to introduce a resolution that designates September as Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  It is up to all of us to ensure that the children in our lives develop healthy and nutritious eating habits.