On the Issues
Due to Mayor Bloomberg 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 be strong on nursing issues.
During his tenure as mayor, Bloomberg enacted several health care policies including a ban on smoking in certain public areas, publicizing calorie counts at restaurants and an attempted ban on large sugary drinks throughout the city.
Bloomberg has also been named a Global Ambassador of Noncommunicable Diseases for the World Health Organization in recognition for his philanthropic work. He has given more than $4.3 billion in support of philanthropic public health causes which aim to combat widespread health hazards. These investments include ventures to eradicate polio and reduce deaths by noncommunicable diseases, as well as tackling global tobacco use, drowning, and obesity, and improving access to maternal health care.
In 2016, he helped create the Bloomberg-Kimmel Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at Johns Hopkins University in response to Vice President Joe Biden’s Cancer Moonshot initiative.
In 2006, he founded Mayors Against Illegal Guns along with 14 other mayors. In 2013, this organization would combine with Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and, in 2014, would be re-branded as Everytown for Gun Safety. The nonprofit association advocates for gun violence prevention.
In November 2018 Bloomberg announced that his philanthropic organization, Bloomberg Philanthropies, would invest $50 million to combat the opioid epidemic in up to ten states. This initiative is part of a three-year investment, beginning in Pennsylvania, against what Bloomberg calls “a national crisis,” according to The Guardian.
Health System Transformation
According to his campaign website, Bloomberg wants to work towards universal coverage by first creating a Medicare-like public option and building on the Affordable Care Act. He also wants to cap health care prices, ban surprise medical bills and lower drug costs.
Bloomberg has previously been opposed to Medicare for All, claiming that the country could not financially afford such an initiative. At the time, he suggested a more hybrid approach to health care where a Medicare for All-type system can exist for those in the country who are not insured while maintaining the existing private insurance system, according to CNN.