ELAC Hosts Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Health Care DiscussionPosted: Jun/18/2019
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June 18, 2019
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East Los Angeles College Hosts Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi for Health Care Discussion
MONTEREY PARK, Calif.— East Los Angeles College was the host of a healthcare forum on Monday June 17. The discussion included Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Rep. Judy Chu, LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis, and President & CEO of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles County Louise McCarthy.
The talk on healthcare was one of hundreds that took place around the country by members of the U.S. Congress who billed it a “week of action” on healthcare.
Speaker Pelosi spoke on the need to provide healthcare and the importance of community health centers and community colleges.
“If we could carpet the country with community colleges and community health centers we would be making great progress towards better healthcare. Community colleges are the bridge to America’s preeminence economically and people’s success personally,” said Pelosi.
Rep. Judy Chu said she is fighting to lower the cost of prescription drugs and get transparency from pharmaceutical companies.
“Pharmaceutical companies have done such things as preventing generic versions of drugs from being qualified and delaying their advance on the market. And in the Ways and Means committee we just passed out a transparency bill saying that if a pharmaceutical company wants to raise the rate of their drug then they have to justify it to the federal government,” said Chu.
LA County Supervisor Hilda Solis also mentioned how the Affordable Care Act has helped residents here in Los Angeles.
“One of the big benefits to come out of the ACA was having community health navigators that can go out into the community and work with us to see what health services and needs are lacking in our neighborhoods. Through the ACA we were able to have more resources to help with preventative health care,” said Solis.
The full video of the discussion can be found on the ELAC Facebook page below.