The truth is that any of us could have a medical crisis. Maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but we all know the possibility is there. Whether it’s cancer, a car accident, anxiety or drug addiction, no one is immune from health challenges.
That’s why I believe good medical care is a right. Not a privilege for the lucky ones who land the right job at the right company. No one should ever have to consider bankruptcy, or lose their job, because they got sick, or were in an accident. Likewise, no one should be denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.
Also, long-term care for older adults is reaching a crisis point. Full-time nursing care for a loved one with dementia or another serious health issue is simply unaffordable for the majority of families. We must find solutions.
Through collaboration and cooperation, we can make health care affordable and accessible for small businesses and individuals. I am committed to achieving that.
Mental health issues and drug addiction are continuing challenges to Ohio residents. Neither opioids nor depression and anxiety care where you live or how much money is in your bank account. Neither should the necessary treatment. With common sense and compassion we can make huge progress on this.
Any family (including mine) that’s lost someone to addiction or a drug overdose knows the truth that addiction is not a lack of willpower. It is an illness that’s very hard, but not impossible, to treat successfully.
Every addiction story is unique, but there’s often a common thread. Painkillers, usually prescribed after surgery, are highly addictive and expensive, so people turn to heroin, which is cheaper. Today heroin is frequently laced with fentanyl which, when used on the streets, leads to death.
Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of death in the country for people under 50. Butler County is one of the most impacted counties in Ohio.
Opioid addiction cuts across all demographics: race, gender, and income level. Addiction doesn’t care how much money you have in your bank account. Neither should treatment.
I am committed to working to provide more access to detoxification centers, and more long-term maintenance treatment to help prevent relapses. It’s important to remember that addiction doesn’t just affect the individual – there’s fallout for family members and the community. I know this first-hand, and am fully committed to making sure family members know where they can find help.
I believe women should have the freedom to make their own healthcare decisions, and that those decisions are between a woman and her doctor. I also believe that comprehensive sex education and access to affordable birth control must be maintained in order to prevent unplanned pregnancies