Improving health care in the U.S. encompasses a wide range of policy efforts relating to affordability, access, medical research, data security, insurance industry reform and much more.
The U.S. has made big strides in the past few years in getting health insurance to more Americans. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has resulted in 20 million people gaining coverage since its passage. Safeguarding the ACA against threats of repeal and building on it to make it stronger and more affordable are critical to achieving what many other countries already have: truly universal health coverage.
Our nation’s health also means striving for exceptional care. Delivering quality demands tackling a multitude of challenges, from drug pricing to the shift toward patient-centered care, from company mergers to a national nursing shortage. With many other countries outpacing the U.S. when it comes to life expectancy and lowered disease rates, it’s up to us to push for meaningful health care policy at the local, state and national levels.