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Health Care

Access to health care is a basic right, but it is under attack by Donald Trump and Republicans like Lee Zeldin. Over the past few months, they have endangered the lives of millions of Americans and thousands of Long Islanders by attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And the new plan Zeldin voted for would impose an effective “age tax,” unfairly discriminating against older Americans by charging them five times more than younger Americans.

Repealing the Affordable Care Act won’t help Americans, it won’t save lives, and it won’t make health care any cheaper. The ACA is imperfect, but we need to build on its strengths and address its weaknesses – not strip health insurance from millions. The only way to fix our country’s health care problems is by working across the aisle.

In Congress, I will fight to stabilize insurance exchanges through bipartisan reforms so that we’re able to increase the number of people with health insurance and lower premiums for all Americans. In the short-term, I’ll prioritize maintaining the subsidies to stabilize the system and keep healthy people enrolled. I believe that a public option is the only real, long-term fix to make sure that Americans have affordable, universal health care at the lowest possible total cost to the country.

“It's time Long Island had a strong voice to fight for high-paying jobs, affordable health care, high-quality education and clean air and water.”Perry GershonCandidate for Congress, NY-1