We can be proud of the progress we’ve made in expanding health care access to millions of families through the Affordable Care Act, while acknowledging that our healthcare system is still fundamentally broken. I believe that every American should have access to affordable, high-quality health care.

Access to quality, affordable health care is a right, and I won’t be afraid to stand up to the big insurance and drug companies to make sure all Americans can realize that right. We should be increasing competition and lowering costs by creating a public option that allows any American to buy into Medicare.

Today, companies in the healthcare industry continue to make tremendous profits even though health care is increasingly expensive and out of reach for American families. We can’t stand for this. We need a system that is affordable, transparent, delivers high-quality patient care, and prioritizes keeping people healthy and well. That means:

Ensuring that women have and must maintain the exclusive right to their own healthcare decisions, and have access to the network of healthcare providers–including Planned Parenthood–that provide essential preventative and routine health care services to millions of women nationwide.

Prioritizing universal prenatal care and family planning services, so that every child, regardless of their parents' income, has the strongest start possible.