Healthcare is a moral issue, and it requires leaders that act with compassion and empathy.

America should learn from and improve upon the systems developed by other prosperous nations, where healthcare is provided to all citizens as a basic right – oftentimes at significantly lower costs and with better outcomes than here at home.

Bill’s first step will be to work towards improving the established law of the land, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which has provided more than 20 million people with insurance that otherwise lived uncovered.

Improvements to the ACA will not be enough. Eventually, our goal should be to provide a competitive public option in addition to private healthcare, with the ultimate goal of getting to a single-payer health insurance program.

Some will say this is a radical approach. It is not. We see various systems working around the world, and note that some US states are now moving towards single-payer models.

No American should suffer or die from preventable or treatable illnesses, or be bankrupted because of exorbitant medical costs.

With single-payer health insurance, businesses will not have to lay off employees due to healthcare costs because they will be relieved from providing health insurance for their employees.

Until we get to single-payer, Bill will work tirelessly to defend both Medicare and Medicaid, and safeguard many of the ACA provisions that work. Young people will be able to stay on their parent’s plans, insurance companies will not be able to deny coverage to those with pre-existing conditions, and veterans will be treated promptly and with the respect they deserve.

Bill will always defend a woman’s right to choose her healthcare, and fight any measures designed to allow insurance companies to discriminate against women’s healthcare.

Bill supports Planned Parenthood’s efforts to provide support and guidance to girls and women across the country.