“For me, health is personal. My brother was born prematurely and the hospital left my family a hundred-page medical bill. The healthcare system is clearly broken – it’s too hard to find care and when it is, it’s far too expensive. Insurance managers get rich while our families have to choose between prescriptions and gas tanks.”
Harder said he supports “allowing Medicare to negotiate drug prices and imposing a $35-per-month cap on insulin. I also wrote a bill to reform our student debt relief program that would bring 10,000 new doctors to California over the next 10 years. This allows more people in places like the Central Valley to be cared for faster and closer to home.”
Patti’s positions on the Affordable Care Act and access to health care are not clear. Under achievements” on his campaign website, he mentions working at a Veterans Administration hospital in the French camp, as well as working “with state and local leaders to improve Rx labeling and packaging disclosure.”
In 2018, Patti was arrested after a collision on Interstate 5. San Joaquin Superior Court records show that he was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and that the attorney general’s office changed the criminal charge to a reckless driving misdemeanor. Patti, who said he accidentally took the wrong medication, pleaded no objection. Records show that he was given a one-year suspended sentence.
“After Tom mistakenly mixed up identical medications and caused an accident without injury, he made improving medical packaging labels a priority,” reads his campaign website. “Over 1.5 million people make these types of prescribing errors, resulting in thousands of deaths each year. We have to fix that!”
Patti has spoken out openly against the vaccination requirements of COVID-19. He praised a local In-N-Out Burger for “fighting bullies” after the restaurant refused to check customers’ vaccination status at two Bay Area locations. Pushing for a board resolution banning county offices from requiring proof of vaccination to enter their buildings, he wrote: “This unnecessary restriction will further undermine the viability of many businesses by preventing a large percentage of the unvaccinated population from doing certain.” enter businesses, work, use or government services.”
https://www.latimes.com/politics/story/2022-11-01/2022-california-midterm-election-harder-patti-abortion-economy-homelessness Josh Harder and Tom Patti on economy, healthcare, abortion