Health Care for All

As a trained psychiatric social worker and founder of a community mental health center, I saw first-hand the negative impact public policies and social determinants can have on one’s health and mental health, and the outsized disparities in health and mental health access for people of color.

I knew then what I know now: that healthcare — medical, mental, and reproductive — is a human right.

And let me be clear. The way to guarantee health care for everyone in a way that is affordable for the nation is a single payer system.  

Barbara Lee

It is past time for the United States to join every other major country on earth and guarantee healthcare to its citizens. Even for people with insurance, costs are so high that medical bills are the number one cause of bankruptcy in our country. Big Pharma and private insurance giants have spent billions of dollars lobbying Congress to ensure their profits come before the health of the American people.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee speaks about fighting for health equity at UC Berkeley in 2017.

There is a cure — a popular one that guarantees healthcare to every person as a human right and puts people over profits. That cure is Medicare for All — everyone in, nobody out.

As a Senator, I will push to require that we negotiate the cost of every drug that is sold – ALL of them, not just a few – and that we make those lower prices available to all consumers, whether they are insured through a government program or not.

From my Oakland community mental health center to the House floor, I’ve been at the forefront of the fight for universal, comprehensive, and culturally competent healthcare. I will not stop working to deliver quality, affordable health care to every person in this country, regardless of income, race, or gender.

Medicare For All

Equitable Healthcare

Lowering Prescription Drug Prices

First-Term Policy Pillars