AUSTIN- With the Republican Senate healthcare bill in limbo, Democratic congressional candidate Elliott McFadden called on Congress to scrap the current plan and adopt a Medicare for All program as the most humane and cost-effective way towards universal healthcare.
“I believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege,” McFadden said. “The Republican plan is morally wrong, cutting healthcare for 22 million Americans just for a tax cut for millionaires and billionaires. Lost coverage puts people’s health and economic wellbeing at risk. We should be insuring all Americans, not abandoning those who need our help the most.”
A Center for Budget and Policy Priorities study found that under the Republican plan the tax cuts for the top 400 wealthiest families would be financed by cutting Medicaid coverage for 726,000 low-income individuals and that eight people would lose their coverage for each millionaire who receives a tax cut. Medicaid covers healthcare for low-income Americans, including low-wage workers without insurance at work, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly in senior care.
“My grandfather was a country doctor who served a community of 2,000 people,” McFadden continued. “He sold medicine at cost and accepted fruit and vegetables as payment from his patients. I can only think what he would say today if he saw what the Republicans are doing to gut healthcare in Washington.”
McFadden was inspired by his grandfather to look for ways to serve his community, and he would go on to lead the campaign to establish the Travis County Healthcare District in 2004. Now called Central Health, the Healthcare District funds health services for the underserved and uninsured.
“While I worked to expand access to healthcare in Central Texas, Lamar Smith voted for a House plan that would cut 23 million Americans off of healthcare,” McFadden said. “If this cruel legislation is passed, our community will bear the cost of the additional uninsured in higher property taxes while putting lives at risk.”