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.
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Washington, D.C.– “Today’s Trustees report shows that Medicare and Social Security are strong and can continue to provide guaranteed, earned benefits for decades to come.
According to the Trustees, Social Security’s current $2.8 trillion surplus will grow to $2.9 trillion by 2020. It can pay full benefits through 2033, 75% of benefits after that. Improvements we made to Medicare in the Affordable Care Act – including unprecedented new anti-fraud tools – have extended the life of its Trust Fund another 4 years to 2030.
Washington, D.C.– Today House Democrats released their 100-Day Action Plan to jumpstart the middle class. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on the plan:
“House Republicans’ flawed priorities have stalled middle class opportunity while consistently stacking the deck for wealthy special interests.
Instead of tax incentives to create good paying jobs to ‘Make It In America,’ they give tax favors to corporations that ship jobs overseas.
Washington, D.C.– “Last month the Supreme Court delivered a critical blow to women’s health in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. In that ruling the Court determined that closely-held, for-profit corporations can deny their women employees access to contraceptives based on the corporation’s religious objections.
Washington, D.C. – “Speaker Boehner and House Republicans should make up their minds. First, they waste time and taxpayer dollars on 52 votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Then, they want to waste time and taxpayer dollars to sue President Obama for executive actions he took to delay the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. No wonder the American public is confused. The announcement of the Boehner/Republican planned lawsuit came on the very day we got new evidence on how well the Affordable Care Act is working for Americans.”
Washington, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow 5-4 decision in Harris v. Quinn that eliminates “fair share” fee arrangements for Illinois home healthcare workers. The decision does not affect those arrangements for other public employees such as teachers, hospital nurses or clerical workers. Under “fair share” fee arrangements, workers pay the cost of negotiating for their benefits even if they choose not join a union. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement on this ruling: