Tom Steyer on Health Care

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


Keep private health insurance; but add public option

On one of the most important issues in the primary, Steyer said he does not support eliminating private health insurance to replace it with a government-run single-payer system.

"I am not in favor of telling 150 million Americans who get their health care through their employment, including a bunch of union workers, that by fiat they can't do that any longer," he said. "I believe the way that we should end employment-based health care is providing a public option that is so much cheaper and better."

Source: NBC News on 2020 Democratic primary , Jul 9, 2019

Healthcare must be a RIGHT, not a privilege

The Right to Health: Right now, in this country, we don't have a healthcare problem. We have a serious ACCESS problem, and a COST problem. We are spending far more to get less: On average, other well-off countries spend a little over $5,000 a year, and they manage to cover everyone. And if it isn't free for their citizens, it's heavily subsidized. In America, we spend over $10,000 per person on healthcare each year, for less effective, less consistent care than those countries provide.

Pharmaceutical companies continue to raise prices of drugs--not because production of these drugs got significantly more expensive, but because they wanted to increase their own profits. Many Americans are living without coverage, praying they won't get sick and go bankrupt trying to pay off their medical debts.

Healthcare must be a RIGHT, not a privilege--and our government must act to protect the foundations of our health.

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, TomSteyer.com , Jul 8, 2019

Women need reproductive care; GOP wants to take it away

Every American deserves high quality health care. Women need reproductive care, struggling families need Medicaid, people with pre-existing conditions need coverage, and we all need health care we can afford. No one should have to risk their life savings to save their life. But Republican attacks on health care threaten the most vulnerable among us in order to give a tax break to the wealthiest few. They want to make health care more expensive and harder to get and to dismantle health programs like Medicaid that millions of Americans rely on. Together, we can stop Republican efforts to take away our health care.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website, NextGenAmerica.org , Jul 4, 2019

2016: Increase cigarette tax by $2 per pack

Source: Ballotpedia.org on California ballot measure voting records , Jul 2, 2019

We need transparency on all drug prices

Drug price transparency is a key piece of any equitable health care system.
Source: Twitter posting by Tom Steyer, 2020 presidential hopeful , Feb 27, 2017

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Larry Hogan (D-MD)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Gov.Bill Weld (R-MA&L-NY)

2020 Withdrawn Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
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