I am a strong believer that healthcare is a right, not a privilege. As the Trump Administration continues to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, our fight for access to affordable, quality care has become more important than ever.

Over the past year, I have met with patients, doctors, hospital administrators and constituents to hear about the challenges they face and to find common sense solutions for strengthening our healthcare system. Constituents and healthcare providers in our community agree that we can’t go back on the promise of the Affordable Care Act. Instead, Congress should focus on improving our healthcare system by reducing costs and increasing coverage.

In the House of Representatives, I have worked with other Democratic leaders to introduce a five-part legislative plan to stabilize and improve the individual marketplace and keep costs down for low-income families. I am also an advocate for permanently funding the Children’s Health Insurance Program, one of the most important healthcare programs for families in our state.

In Alabama’s rural Black Belt, I have worked with local stakeholders to stop the closure of rural hospitals in Sumter, Greene and Wilcox counties. From Birmingham to Selma to Montgomery, I believe that every family deserves access to care they can afford.