Eliot believes that health care is a right, not a privilege, and that every American must have access to quality, affordable health care. As a member of the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee he is a leader in fighting for health care for all:
- He is an original co-sponsor of the MEDICARE FOR ALL ACT and is a founding member of the Congressional Medicare for All Caucus.
- Authored and introduced the MATERNAL HEALTH QUALITY IMPROVEMENT ACT to address the rising rate of maternal mortality, disproportionately among African-American women.
- Helped introduce the PAID SICK DAYS FOR PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCIES AND PERSONAL FAMILY CARE ACT, guaranteeing workers 14 days of paid sick leave after a public emergency is called.
- Lead his colleagues in a successful fight to repeal cruel cuts to Medicaid DHS.
- Eliot introduced legislation, the PREVENTING DRUG SHORTAGES ACT. His legislation would assess current weaknesses in the drug supply chain and compel pharmaceutical companies to address potential shortages, including those during the COVID 19 crisis.
- Eliot worked to make the AFFORDABLE CARE ACT (Obamacare) law. 100,000 people in our Congressional District now have health care coverage because of the law.
- Voted for the STRENGTHENING HEALTH CARE AND LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG LAWS ACT, passed by the House in May 2019.
- Voted for the STRENGTHENING HEALTH CARE AND LOWERING PRESCRIPTION DRUG LAWS ACT and the ELIJAH E CUMMINGS LOWER DRUG COSTS NOW ACT, both passed in 2019.
- He sponsored the PROTECTING PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS & MAKING HEALTH CARE MORE AFFORDABLE ACT.
- Eliot continues to take action to stop billions in cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, the Center for Disease Control, and our other critical health care services.
Eliot says, “It’s time. In fact, it’s long past time that we finally provided truly universal, comprehensive medical coverage to every American. Health care is a human right, not a privilege reserved for a wealthy few.”
Eliot is endorsed by the 1199 SEIU healthcare workers union, the American Nurses Association and Demand Universal Healthcare.