We need to treat healthcare like a critical investment and less like a costly burden. We can improve our system to help people with the healthcare they need, when they need it. The backlogs and waitlists in Illinois are a huge issue. We also need to avoid cutting corners that will cost more in the long run.
I talk to a lot of families, and many struggle with finding adequate care, particularly long term care. We need to address the staffing shortage for caretaker roles for those in homes and in communities by ensuring healthcare providers can make a living wage.
Senator Connelly has failed to protect our healthcare time and time again. He voted no to:
- Protecting people with pre-existing conditions from being denied health insurance (Roll Call Vote, HB 4165)
- Extending health care coverage to kids in need for doctor visits, immunizations, hospital stays, prescription drugs, vision care, dental care, and eyeglasses (Roll Call Vote, HB 5736)
- At-home care for the elderly and people with disabilities (Roll Call Vote, HB 3376)
- Allowing workers to use sick days to care for an ill relative (Roll Call Vote, HB 6163)
I will work to ensure that our most vulnerable can access the care they need, when they need it. We must protect health care coverage for low-income families, children, people with disabilities, and the elderly. Making Illinois stronger and an attractive place to live, work, and invest in means making sure we can meet the healthcare needs of Illinoisans.