Rochelle Wilcox

Rochelle Wilcox for Congress

building on shared values

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Thank you, Everyone!

Over the past several months, I've been inspired and amazed by the commitment of the people of this District to improving the lives of everyone who lives here. I've been grateful for the tremendous support that's been given to me and the other candidates by people determined to elect a representative who puts her constituent's interests ahead of the interests of wealthy donors.

I've also been clear that I will leave the campaign if and when I decide that the best way forward for the District is for me to step back. That time has come. I've decided to suspend my campaign and give more space for the voters to get to know the other candidates, so that they can decide who will best represent our District in Congress. As I've told many people I've gotten to know this year, you're still going to see me because I'm committed to flipping this seat, and then working to improve the lives of everyone in this District. But I've decided I can best do that without the constraints of a campaign that forces me to downplay some of the issues about which I care the most, because I'm afraid of alienating voters we will need. In addition to helping elect our first female representative for this District, I'll be joining the Poor People's Campaign (at www.breachrepairers.org) to fight more broadly for the social justice issues that as a country we must fix before we can become everything we know we can be.

Thank you so much to my campaign team Dyana Polk, Luis Amezcua and Nolan Pack, to Kris Johnson and Tita Bladen for their untiring support of our campaign, and to everyone else across the District who is showing up and fighting for the things that matter. Together, we will create a better world for our kids.

Healthcare

Healthcare is a basic human need, at the core of human dignity. Serious accidents and grave illnesses cost millions of people their financial security. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) was passed to make sure that every American has access to affordable health insurance, even if they are not in an insurance plan or have been rejected by insurance companies due to a pre-existing condition.

Our Congressman and his cohorts are determined to end access to affordable healthcare, but they do not offer any alternative. We need to protect the ACA because it is far better than the system we had before, which left too many people uninsured.

However, today’s ACA is more expensive than it needs to be. Our next step is to reduce the cost of care, such as high margin prescription drugs. Ultimately, we must move to a system that is not loaded with administrative overhead and profits, which together cost more than 30 cents of every dollar spent!

I support expanding Medicare, which would deliver significant cost savings with its low administrative cost of 2%. Americans under 65 would be allowed to buy in at a rate that would assure the financial stability of the system overall. Insurance companies would still provide extended coverage, as they do now, to all Americans.

I’m committed to ensuring that all Americans have access to affordable healthcare.