Health

Fixing our broken health care system has been my top priority for most of my life. My goal is to ensure that every person has access to affordable, quality and accessible health care. It is a national shame that our nation spends more than any other country in the world but fails to guarantee access to health care. 50 million Americans are completely uninsured, millions more are poorly insured. High medical costs are a factor in a majority of personal bankruptcies, and businesses, small and large, are struggling to pay for health care for their workers.  

Lack of access to health care has resulted in the United States trailing the world in health outcomes.  In 2017, the United States ranked 170th in the infant mortality rate, 138th in the maternal mortality rate, and 43rd in life expectancy.  International comparisons by organizations such as the World Health Organization, OECD, and the Commonwealth Fund consistently show the U.S. rates poorly in meeting quality health measures despite spending far more than any other than country.

As a previous member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health, I am committed to building a health care system that works for everyone. We have made major strides in recent years, and I am especially proud of the passage of the historic Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. It continues to benefit millions of Americans, and it lays a strong foundation to make even more improvements.

We have more to do to achieve breakthroughs in medical research and to eliminate disparities in access to care. We must expand the health care workforce. We must ensure that everyone has affordable access to the health care they need, including prescription drugs, mental health services and the full range of reproductive health services.

I believe we can create the best health care system in the world and that Obamacare was an excellent start.

More on Health

September 1, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and chair of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus’ Providers and Clinics Task Force, issued a statement following the news of Texas’ shameful “Heartbeat” abortion ban and the Supreme Court’s refusal to stop it from going into effect: 

August 6, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON -   Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, announced the introduction of H.R. 4853, the Medical Device Nonvisual Access Act. This bill would ensure that home-use medical devices are accessible to blind and low-vision Americans across the country.

August 5, 2021 Press Release

EVANSTON –  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, has led the push for the United States to support the Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property (TRIPS) Waiver in the World Trade Organization, which would allow more countries to have access to the vaccines to the COVID-19 virus. She released the following statement in reaction to the World Health Organization’s (WHO) announcement regarding vaccine booster shots:

July 28, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON - Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, and Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (CA-18), Chair of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee, sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg at Facebook demanding answers to how the company is handling COVID-19 vaccine misinformation and disinformation.

July 26, 2021 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, introduced the Food Chemical Reassessment Act of 2021 (FCRA) to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regularly study and reassess chemicals used in food, many of which have not been reevaluated for safety in decades. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT-03) joined Schakowsky in introducing the legislation.

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