Take a whole body systems approach to cultivating health
The Williamson administration will provide major funding for research and education around how health is impacted by nutrition, exercise, stress, community and toxins in our food and environment. It will also support effective leading-edge approaches
like Integrative and Functional medicine--which take a whole body systems approach to cultivating health and healing disease.
My administration will:
Update the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Ensure all public housing is accessible as required by the ADA.
Pass Universal healthcare and extend health coverage--including coverage for home care--to currently uninsured
Americans, and make sure that all health insurance covers at-home care.
Work to transition currently institutionalized people with disabilities to supported independent living, as appropriate.
The Democratic Party needs to understand that we should be the party that talks, not just about symptoms, but about causes. We need to realize we have a sickness care rather than a healthcare system.
We need to be the party talking about why so many of our chemical policies and our food policies and our agricultural policies and our environment policies and even our economic policies are leading to people sick to begin with.
Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit)
, Jul 30, 2019
We have a sickness care system; we need a healthcare system
Q: How would you lower the cost of prescription drugs?
Senator BENNET: We need to get to universal health care, by finishing the work we started with ObamaCare and creating a public option.
WILLIAMSON: While I agree with Senator Bennet, it's really
nice if we've got all these plans, but we've got to get deeper than just these superficial fixes. We don't have a health care system in the United States. We have a sickness care system in the United States. We just wait until somebody gets sick, and
then we talk about who's going pay for the treatment and how they're going to be treated. What we need to talk about is why so many Americans have unnecessary chronic illnesses, so many more compared to other countries. And that gets
back into not just the health insurance and big pharma companies, it has to do with chemical policies, it has to do with environmental policies. It has to do with drug policies.
Vaccination should be a choice, like abortion choice
Marianne Williamson leans in to vaccine skepticism in NH: "To me, it's no different than the abortion debate. The US government doesn't tell any citizen, in my book, what they have to do with their body or their child."
[She added an additional tweet that] vaccine mandates are too "draconian" & "Orwellian" [but later rescinded those terms].
Source: Twitter posting in 2020 Democratic primary
, Jun 19, 2019
I support vaccines, but I understand the skepticism
After a request for comment [about her Tweet that vaccine mandates were "draconian" & "Orwellian"], Williamson acknowledged making the remarks and said she misspoke.
"I understand that many vaccines are important and save lives,"
Williamson said. "I also understand some of the skepticism that abounds today about drugs which are rushed to market by Big Pharma. I am sorry that I made comments which sounded as though I question the validity of life-saving vaccines.
That is not my feeling and I realize that I misspoke."
When asked about her stance on religious and personal belief exemptions for vaccinations, Williamson replied through a spokeswoman: "I support vaccines. Public safety must be carefully balanced
with the right of individuals to make their own decisions."
Williamson has a history of skeptical comments about vaccinations. President Trump has previously proudly embraced the disproved theory that vaccines cause autism.
I'd like to see a Medicare-for-All type of plan that's presented as a public option. I think a lot of people would gravitate to that. In addition, if people want private insurance, if they like their private insurers, or want to augment it, then they
should be able to. The issue is why are we going to do that. The reason we are going to do that is because you are a citizen of the United States. No citizen in the richest country of the world should have to be worrying about this.
Source: CNN Town Hall 2020 Democratic primary
, Apr 14, 2019
Supports "Medicare-for-All model"
Supports a "Medicare for All model,"
according to her campaign website.
Source: Axios.com "What you need to know about 2020"
, Apr 14, 2019
Medicare-for-all plus lifestyle and nutrition support
The biggest problem with America's health care system is that it is not a health care system so much as a sickness care system. It reflects an outdated perspective on health & healing, in which far too little attention is given to the actual cultivation
of health and prevention of disease. I will robustly support high-quality universal coverage for every American, including a Medicare-for-all model. In addition, my administration would champion the following policy changes:
Require our healthcare
system to reimburse medical professionals for a broader array of lifestyle and nutrition support, focused on preventing disease and/or addressing root causes.
Provide patients with more robust ongoing support from nutritionists, health coaches,
therapists and mental health, exercise specialists, and other peripheral lifestyle treatment providers.
Fund programs in all our educational systems designed to teach nutrition and lifestyle skills to help cultivate long-term health.
Towns should set up physical activities for community health
We need to develop healthy habits at a community level. Towns and cities can, and should, look collectively at how active their populations are, and institute more ways to increase physical activity through walking paths,
bike paths, and community events. The diet of entire cities should be reviewed, as well as ways that communities can contribute to one another's daily health.