As a two-time cancer survivor and father of two kids with Crohn’s disease, I know that health care is a human right—not a privilege for those who can afford it.
Right now, we live in a country where pharmaceutical companies make billions in profits while working people have to crowd-sourc funding to cover their health care costs. And, despite all the money we’re spending, Americans still have worse health outcomes compared to other countries. It doesn’t have to be this way.
We have the means to streamline our bloated, cumbersome health care system by expanding Medicare—a program that already works—to cover every American. This is the surest way to guarantee health care for all while strengthening protections for people with pre-existing conditions and lowering inhumane and unsustainable prescription drug costs. That is why I am an original cosponsor of the Medicare for All Act.
At the same time, until we build the political consensus to achieve that big picture change, we have to defend and expand the Affordable Care Act to protect people with pre-existing conditions and lower drug costs. That’s why I introduced the STOP GAMES Act, which would prevent drug companies from gaming the system and ultimately help cheaper, generic drugs come to market faster.
We must also treat our nation’s gun violence epidemic like the public health crisis that it is. After the Sandy Hook school shooting, we said never again. After the Orlando nightclub shooting, we said never again. After the Parkland, FL shooting, we said never again. Thoughts and prayers are no longer—and have never been—enough.
It is past time for our country to enact gun safety laws that will save lives and end the horrors of gun violence. As a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force, I promise to make good on our word when we say, “never again.” Sensible gun safety laws like universal background checks, banning assault weapons and undetectable firearms, and stopping online ammunition sales will prevent gun violence and protect our loved ones.
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The Stop The Overuse of Petitions and Get Affordable Medicines to Enter Soon (STOP GAMES) Act, authored by Congressmen Andy Levin (D-MI) and Francis Rooney (R-FL), today passed the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Health.
“As we work to lower the cost of prescription drugs, we must close every loophole and safeguard against abuses that keep drug prices unsustainably high,” Congressman Levin said. “The STOP GAMES Act is an important, commonsense and bipartisan bill that we owe Americans who are paying too much for drugs they depend on.”
A bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, to better tailor support for family members who provide in-home care to loved ones passed the House of Representatives today.
Levin’s bill was included as part of the Dignity in Aging Act, a bipartisan reauthorization of the Older Americans Act that provides aging Americans the support they need to age independently and with dignity.
In the House Education and Labor Committee markup of the Lower Drug Costs Now Act today, vice chair Rep. Andy Levin made a powerful appeal to support the bill so that people like his son could receive the essential treatments they need to be healthy.
After sharing the story of his son Saul’s extraordinarily expensive and critical treatment for Crohn’s disease, Congressman Levin said:
A bipartisan bill authored by Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) aimed at providing support to in-home caregivers today passed out of the House Education and Labor Committee as part of the Dignity in Aging Act. The bill, first introduced as the Supporting Family Caregivers Act, would facilitate the assessment of in-home caregivers’ needs to determine what resources would help them provide care.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today introduced H.Res. 557, a resolution to designate September 2019 as National Dystonia Awareness Month. Dystonia is a neurological disorder that causes excessive, involuntary muscle contractions that result in abnormal muscle movements and body postures, making it difficult for individuals to control their movements.
Congressman Andy Levin (D-MI-09) and Congresswoman Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) today introduced bipartisan legislation to better tailor support for family members who provide in-home care to loved ones. There are 40 million family caregivers nationwide. This care allows families to avoid expensive hospitalization and assisted living facilities, and preserves the freedom and personal wellbeing of sick and older Americans.
Today, as the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals hears oral arguments in Republicans’ Texas v. U.S. lawsuit, Congressman Andy Levin responded to Republicans’ latest efforts to strike down protections for people with pre-existing conditions and highlighted the devastating effects the lawsuit could have on Michigan families.
Two amendments and two funding requests made by Congressman Andy Levin, vice chair of the House Education and Labor Committee, were included in the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, Defense, State, Foreign Operations, and Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act that passed today.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09), vice chair of the Education and Labor Committee, today voted to pass bipartisan legislation to better prevent child abuse and treat survivors. The Stronger Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (Stronger CAPTA) would help states address the recent rise in child abuse and neglect by providing strategic networks of prevention services and improve the quality of child protective services.
Congressman Andy Levin (MI-09) today voted to pass H.R. 986, the Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions Act, to block the Trump Administration’s October 2018 guidance that gives states the ability to weaken the Affordable Care Act’s critical protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.