On the Issues
Due to Andrew Yang never holding federal office, he has not had the same opportunities to support or cosponsor legislation that ANA has championed as some of the other presidential candidates. This does not necessarily indicate that, if he were to be the presidential nominee, he would not potentially be strong on nursing issues.
Yang has a comprehensive plan to combat the crisis on his campaign website. Yang calls the issue a national crisis where as President, he would quintuple federal funding, impose a new tax on opiate manufacturers, and only allow doctors who have completed specialized pain management training the ability to prescribe opioids for longer than a few days. In the October 2019 debate, Yang called for the decriminalization of opioids.
Health Care Reform
Yang have previously stated that he supports Medicare for All, but have not endorsed or supported a specific piece of legislation. In December 2019, Yang released his ‘New Way Forward for Healthcare in America‘ policy where he says he supports the spirit of Medicare for All, but speaks more in favor of controlling the cost of prescription drugs, investing in technology to cut waste while increasing access.
Additional Health Care Information
Yang has stated, on his campaign website, that “We should enable a new class of primary care specialists or nurse practitioners to provide health care to patients in rural and indigent areas in order to increase access to quality health care and preventative/maintenance medicine at a lower cost.”