As a former Physician Assistant, Karen saw firsthand how people in Los Angeles and across the country struggled to secure basic health care. High costs kept them from pursuing the care they needed and treatable conditions like hypertension and diabetes became much worse because they were not treated early.
It is because of her experience that Karen has been such a strident advocate for healthcare coverage for all Americans. In Congress, Karen is a strong supporter of the Affordable Care Act because it has provided health insurance to over 46,000 of her constituents who did not have health coverage before the law and has cut the number of uninsured Californians in her Congressional district in half. That is one of the reasons why she has voted over 50 times against Republican attempts to repeal or undermine the law.
The Affordable Care Act is the law of the land, and it is ensuring that Americans’ health coverage is focused on patients and not insurance companies by allowing young adults to stay on their parent’s plan until they are 26 and stopping insurance companies from denying Americans coverage because they have a pre-existing condition. And because of the law insurance companies can no longer have life-time caps on coverage, meaning they cannot remove people from health insurance when they need it the most. Karen wants to expand and strengthen the Affordable Care Act and support the healthcare workers across the country who are benefitting from the law.
In California, Karen is making it a top priority to make sure that Angelenos are taking advantage of healthcare programs available to them. Karen has worked to provide funds to Los Angeles’ community clinics to hire and train outreach and enrollment workers to help Angelenos sign up for the new healthcare programs, and she continues to host healthcare resource fairs to connect residents to healthcare providers.