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I believe that quality, affordable healthcare is a right for all Americans. I served for eight years as the Insurance Commissioner of California, and I know for a fact that the for-profit insurance industry will do what it can to maximize its profits at the expense of consumers. As your Congressman, my health care priorities are to:

  • Keep the Affordable Care Act in place. Because of the Affordable Care Act, 30 million Americans have health insurance when they didn't before. The Affordable Care Act bans discrimination on pre-existing conditions. It allows children to stay on the health insurance plans of their parents until age 26. It bans charging women a higher premium for the same coverage. It expands Medicaid to cover more lower-income Americans. It has saved tens of thousands of lives by providing strong incentives against readmission of patients. And it has saved tens of thousands of lives by using market incentives to reduce hospital readmission rates. If the Affordable Care Act is repealed, all these benefits go away. We cannot go back to the era where people were unable to get coverage because of pre-existing conditions.
     
  • Defend Medicare. There are plans working their way through Congress that would end the guarantee of Medicare as we know it and replace it with a voucher system for seniors to buy their own private insurance. I will fight this every step of the way. Medicare is the most efficient health care program in the United States, and will do everything I can to turn it into a coupon.
     
  • Expand Medicare's benefits. Right now, Medicare doesn't cover eye lenses, dental care, or hearing aids. What sense does that make? Seniors have ears, eyes and teeth. I have continually co-sponsored legislation that will expand Medicare to cover these vital services.

For more information concerning my work and views on Health Care issues, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback. Thank you.

--Congressman John Garamendi

More on Health Care

March 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi applauded the passage of the historic Families and Workers-First legislation, known as the CARES Act, which the President signed into law this evening.

March 23, 2020 Press Release

Fairfield, California—Today Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who represents Travis Air Force Base in Congress, sent a letter to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and others demanding immediate action to remedy significant health and safety hazards at the Travis Air Force Base that Garamendi’s constituents brought to

March 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which provides the resources American families need to protect themselves from the spread of the novel coronavirus without fear of losing their wages

March 14, 2020 Press Release

Fairfield, California—Today Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), who represents Travis Air Force Base in Congress, sent a letter to President Trump, Vice President Pence, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield and others demanding immediate action to remedy significant health and safety hazards at the Travis Air Force Base that Garamendi’s constituents brought to his attention

February 6, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Garamendi voted in favor of H. Res. 826, a resolution expressing disapproval of the Trump Administration's harmful actions toward Medicaid.  Last week, the Trump Administration unveiled its illegal Medicaid block grant plan, inviting states to cap and slash Medicaid.  The plan would essentially allow states to receive a waiver to block grant their Medicaid programs for certain low-income Medicaid recipients.

December 19, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) to support workers, farmers, ranchers, and manufacturing in the United States. The bipartisan bill passed the House by a vote of 385-41 and is expected to pass the Senate and be signed into law by the President.

December 17, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted for two bipartisan appropriations bills to fund the federal government through the 2020 fiscal year. The $1.4 trillion spending deal funds nearly aspect of the federal government and includes $25 million in long-sought funding for critical research into gun violence at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institutes of Health. The legislation is expected to be signed into law later this week.

December 12, 2019 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) voted to pass H.R.3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act, which will bring down the cost of prescription drugs and level the playing field for American patients. The legislation passed the House by a vote of 230-192. This bill finally gives Medicare the power to negotiate directly with drug companies for lower and more transparent prices for both Medicare patients and Americans with private insurance.

November 22, 2019 Press Release

Fairfield, CA—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA), delivered the keynote address at the Alzheimer’s Disease Education and Empowerment-Early Detection Matters event in Solano County to discuss advancements in Alzheimer’s research.

March 29, 2018 Press Release

California’s 3rd Congressional District—Today, Congressman John Garamendi (D—Fairfield, Davis, Yuba City, CA) spent the day meeting with constituents in Lake and Colusa counties: