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Health Care

Watch Congressmember Bass speak about health care here.

Health care should be a right not a privilege.  However, tens of millions of Americans go uninsured or are burdened by the high costs of health care, putting the health of our communities and our country at risk. The passage of Affordable Care Act ensures that every American has access to affordable, quality health care.  The Affordable Care Act also builds a strong health care workforce and promotes job creation.  Even though Republicans have attempted to repeal health care dozens of times, Congressmember Bass has consistently voted against repealing this landmark bill and will continue to ensure it is fully implemented. 

The Affordable Care Act has been beneficial to many Americans already and more benefits are still to come.

Click the chart above to see how the Affordable Care Act is changing health care across the country.

Medicare

The Republican plan to end Medicare is very real. They are fixated on cutting benefits and want to put insurance companies in control of your health. They want insurers to decide what tests and treatments seniors receive, and Democrats are united like never before in opposition to this scheme. Reforms to Medicare that break a pledge we have made to our seniors is wrong and will not stand.

Medicaid

Millions of Americans are dependent on Medicaid as a vitally important program for medical care and medication. This safety net provides low-income families with the access they need to stay healthy during difficult times and helps to lift families out of poverty. Congressmember Bass will continue to protect Medicaid regardless of the Republican attempt to balance the budget on the backs of the neediest Americans.

Key Health Care Initiatives & Accomplishments

Congressmember Bass is committed to protecting access to affordable health care, closing health care disparities and increasing technology in the health care system. As a former Physician Assistant (PA), she has both personal and professional experiences that inform her voting record in Congress. This is why Congressmember Bass has continued to fight vote against any attempts Republicans have made to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Bass Legislation & Key Votes

Co-sponsored Legislation

  • H.R.321: Firearm Safety and Public Health Research Act of 2013
  • H.R.485: National Nurse Act of 2013
  • H.R.725: Real Education for Healthy Youth Act of 2013
  • H.R.728: Access to Birth Control Act
  • H.R.855: Optometric Equity in Medicaid Act
  • H.R.920: National Health Service Corps Improvement Act of 2013
  • H.R.1830: Accelerating the End of Breast Cancer Act of 2013

Health Care Issues in California’s 37th District

California’s 37th District is home to a committed group of health care advocates and professionals. Congressmember  Bass is strongly committed to protecting access to affordable health care across the 37th District and the United States.

Congressmember Bass has hosted and attended many town halls devoted to helping constituents learn more about health care reform and get enrolled in Covered California. 

Watch coverage of a 2011 Health care Town Hall.

Local health care priorities include:

  • Ensuring that access to family planning is available throughout the community. 
  • Protecting the Affordable Care Act and other resources to ensure that the health care professionals in the six hospitals and throughout the 37th District can perform their duties.

For assistance with health care enrollment, feel free to call Maral Karacussian in my LA Office. For more information concerning my work and views on health care, please contact my Washington, DC office. I look forward to your feedback.

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April 9, 2020 Press Release

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April 9, 2020 In The News

KCRW:

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined KCRW's Madeline Brand on Press Play to discuss why Black Americans seem to be dying at disproportionately high rates from COVID-19. Listen to the interview here

KPFK: 

Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) joined KPFK's Earl Ofari Hutchinson on The Hutchinson Report to discuss the new COVID-19 relief bill. Watch the interview below.

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