Forward Kenosha’s mission is to act in solidarity to promote peace and to ensure the dignity, inclusion, equality, safety and respect of every person in our community through education, advocacy and political engagement.
To this end, we request that our elected representatives provide a means for affordable healthcare for all of us. At Forward Kenosha, we believe that healthcare isn’t a privilege – it’s a right. Maintaining our health is of the utmost importance and a requirement for us to enjoy our rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Diseases do not discriminate and without affordable health care, health insurance and prescription drugs - we’d be taking an unacceptable risk with our lives.
Forward Kenosha believes that our government has a responsibility to ensure that its citizens are never without high quality health care, access to affordable prescription drugs and are not denied health insurance coverage for any reason. We believe that the conditions included in the Affordable Care Act should remain and be a part of any future healthcare reform bill.
These provisions include:
No American can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition
No annual and lifetime limits to coverage
Free preventative treatments for Americans to help them stay healthy
Extended coverage to dependents up to age 26 on their parents’ health insurance policy
Women must be charged the same premium amount as men
Access to purchase health insurance in state insurance marketplaces
Tax credits for lower income Americans to purchase individual insurance
Yearly wellness visits and many free preventative services for some seniors with Medicare
Discounts for prescription drugs for seniors on Medicare
Extended coverage for low-income Americans with Medicaid expansion
Furthermore, Forward Kenosha believes that a single-payer, “Medicare for All,” health insurance plan is the only true way to provide affordable high quality healthcare and low-cost prescription drugs for all Americans. A “Medicare for All” plan would allow all Americans to have access to health insurance that was patient-centered and focused on providing greater value for Americans - instead of putting profits over people.
Americans are very united in their desire and belief that they deserve affordable and high quality healthcare. Forward Kenosha supports and advocates for any legislation that brings the United States closer to realizing a single-payer health insurance option and achieving the goal of delivering health insurance coverage to all Americans.