Beto O’Rourke

Former Congressman Representing Texas’ 16th Congressional District (2013-2019)

On the Issues

Home Health

O’Rourke cosponsored the Home Health Planning Improvement Act of 2017 (H.R. 1825), which would allow nurse practitioners (NPs), clinical nurse specialists (CNSs), and certified nurse midwives (CNMs) to order home health care services had this legislation passed.

Opioids

During a Democratic primary debate in June 2019, when asked if pharmaceutical companies that produce opioids should be held accountable for the opioid crisis, O’Rourke answered “unless there’s accountability and justice, this crisis will continue.” O’Rourke would go on to single out a manufacturer of OxyContin as an example. In the October 2019 debate, O’Rourke called to decriminalize opioids for personal use and would expunge the arrest records for those who’ve been arrested for possession.

O’Rourke wants to enable drug importation from Europe and Canada and modify regulations to get generics on the market faster. He also wants to protect against monopoly pricing by allowing Medicare to negotiate for drugs and allowing the federal government to intervene if a drug manufacturer refuses to set a reasonable price, according to his campaign website.

Health Care Reform

O’Rourke supports the Medicare for America Act of 2019 (H.R. 2452).