ISSUE

Investing in Affordable Health Care for All Ohioans

In the richest country on Earth, it is unacceptable that anyone should go broke because they had to go to the hospital or pay for a prescription. Tim is committed to bringing down health care costs and giving Ohioans more options for how they get the care they need. He also knows we must invest into rural health care and find new ways to attract health care workers to underserved and rural areas so every Ohioan can get high-quality, affordable care without having to travel far from home.

Tim supports expanding Medicare by lowering the eligibility age to 60, and allowing people to buy into the program at 50, along with creating a public option that will increase competition and bring down costs. He also supports allowing Medicare to negotiate prescription drug prices, which would keep more money in Ohioans’ pockets while also saving hundreds of billions in taxpayer dollars and helping sustain Medicare for generations to come.

Every Ohioan should be able to get the care that’s right for them. Tim proudly supports the Black Maternal Health Momnibus Act, which would invest in research and training to end the Black maternal mortality crisis. He’ll always fight back against dangerous efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, and efforts to do away with the right to a safe abortion or otherwise deny families the ability to make important decisions about their reproductive care.

Finally, Tim has long been an outspoken advocate for the Ohioans impacted by the opioid epidemic. It is heartbreaking and unacceptable that we are losing over 100,000 Americans to overdoses annually, which is why Tim has worked across party lines to advocate for an approach to this emergency that combines treatment, law enforcement, and prevention. He was the lead Democratic sponsor of the landmark bipartisan Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) and is now working to build on it by passing CARA 3.0. Tim has worked across the aisle to increase funding and training for law enforcement to detect and prevent the spread of opioids and strengthen border security to stop the flow of deadly drugs from China and Mexico. He’s secured hundreds of millions of dollars for substance use prevention, treatment, and recovery services in Ohio and will continue working to invest in research and monitoring on fentanyl, and establish more effective ways to treat substance use disorder.