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Inclusive & Comprehensive Health Care

All Americans deserve high quality health care, whether you live in Downtown Scranton or rural Wayne County.  Keeping Americans healthy is essential for the safety and economic success of our communities and our country.

Whenever I meet with seniors, families, patients and providers across Pennsylvania’s 8th District, I repeatedly hear about the financial struggles you face as your prescription drugs and monthly premiums continue to rise.

Rep Cartwright standing in front of bus reading: Lower drug costs, better health care To ensure the people of Northeast Pennsylvania have access to care, I will continue to fight to expand health care coverage and support the Affordable Care Act and its provisions that protect our most vulnerable. Denying health care for pre-existing conditions or imposing caps on lifetime coverage is unacceptable and I will strongly oppose any legislative attempt to overturn these hard-won provisions.

No one should have to choose between putting food on the table or paying for lifesaving medications. That’s why I support Medicare for All and helped pass the Inflation Reduction Act, which finally gives Medicare the power to negotiate drug prices, capped insulin copays at $35 for seniors on Medicare, and capped out-of-pockets costs for seniors.

I also led bipartisan efforts to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable and reduce our country’s dependence on nations like China and other foreign adversaries for essential medication by introducing the Made in America Act. This bill addresses vulnerabilities in our supply chain, bolsters domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing, enhances our national security, and lowers costs. 

I also introduced the Medicare Audiology Improvement Act to expand seniors’ access to audiology and hearing services. This important piece of legislation fixes a long-standing barrier that punishes both seniors and audiologists. This bill also increases the choices Medicare patients have when treating their hearing needs.

Defending Women’s Access to Health Care

Enabling women to choose whether and when to have a family is critical to their personal liberty and to promoting safe and healthy families. By overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, the U.S. Supreme Court erased reproductive rights that have been in place for five decades and shifted the decision to state capitals so that reproductive rights now depend entirely on where a person lives.

Medical decisions should be made between patients and doctors – not politicians. That’s why I voted to codify Roe v. Wade into federal law. 

All women should have the right to make their own reproductive choices - no matter their zip code - and I will continue to advocate for these rights. Congress, in the meantime, must keep working to expand women’s access to health care and family planning services.