Donna Shalala on the Issues
Serious and complex problems deserve more than bluster and threats from President Trump, they require experienced leadership that seeks to implement intelligent solutions. There is nothing we can’t solve if we get over the partisan squabbling, focus on the real issues and put the well-being of people first.
As the longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in American history, Donna Shalala is one of America’s foremost experts on health care.
To continue working towards universal, high-quality, affordable health care for Floridians and all Americans, Donna Shalala will:
- Defend and improve the Affordable Care Act. Florida’s 27th District has the highest number of people enrolled in the ACA marketplace in the entire country. Taking that coverage away would do irreparable damage to the health of our community.
- Create a “Medicare Option for All” by enhancing Medicare to better cover routine dental and vision, and long-term care, and make it available to anyone regardless of income, immigration status, or age. At the same time, preserve employer coverage as an option for those Americans satisfied with their current coverage.
- Reduce prescription drug costs, along with other out-of-pocket expenses like copays and deductibles. Medicare must be allowed to use its immense bargaining power to negotiate with drug companies for lower prices, similar to how Medicaid and the Veterans Health Administration achieves lower prices.
Donna Shalala is uniquely qualified to hit the ground running, with decades of experience in improving America’s health:
- During her tenure as Secretary of Health and Human Services, among her accomplishments, Donna led the effort to provide health care to millions of children through the Children’s Health Care Insurance Program (CHIP).
- She also oversaw the doubling of the National Institute of Health’s budget and secured the highest immunization rates in American history. At the end of her tenure, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.”
- In 2007, President George W. Bush handpicked Donna Shalala to co-chair with Senator Bob Dole the Commission on Care for Returning Wounded Warriors, to evaluate how wounded service members transition from active duty to civilian society. For her work, President Bush awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom, our nation’s highest civilian honor, in recognition of her “leadership and determination to ensure that all Americans can enjoy lives of hope, promise and dignity.”
- In 2012, Donna Shalala chaired the Future of Nursing, an initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Institute of Nursing, which addressed the role of nursing in a reformed health Care system.
- Donna Shalala served as Chairwoman of the Children’s Defense Fund, serving on the Board alongside Hillary Clinton. In its mission to ensure a level playing field for all children, the organization works to expand children’s access to health care.
- Donna Shalala has taught health care policy throughout her tenure as President of the University of Miami and afterward as Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy.