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

March 21, 2014 Press Release

Please join Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), Get Covered Illinois and Get Covered America to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act on Saturday, March 22 at Truman College in Chicago. The celebration will also serve as an enrollment event. Certified navigators will be on site to help Illinois residents sign up for coverage. Attendees can learn more about coverage options and get help paying for coverage. So far, 77 percent of Illinoisans who have already enrolled through the Marketplace have received financial assistance.

March 4, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement about March 2014 being named National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.

“I am very thankful that President Barack Obama has named March 2014 National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month. All types of cancer continue to claim too many lives in our country and around the world. In the U.S., colorectal cancer is projected to claim 50,310 lives this year.

February 5, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. "Yesterday’s CBO report had good news for every American who has suffered from job-lock – the need to stay in a job in order to have health coverage.  With passage of the Affordable Care Act, millions of Americans will gain new freedom.  They can go back to school to earn a degree that will help them get a better paying job.  They can leave a job and start a new business. They can finally retire.  Because of Obamacare, Americans will be able to make those choices – and still have affordable access to health insurance.

January 15, 2014 Article

A new era for healthcare consumers

By Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) - 01/15/14 06:59 PM EST


Jan. 1, 2014, will go down as a great day in U.S. history, a day that transformed our broken healthcare non-system and improved the lives and health of millions of people in this country.

December 4, 2012 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 4, 2012) — Today, Rep. Schakowsky (D-Ill.) released the following statement on Senate rejection of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.  The vote on the treaty was 61 to 38, failing to receive the 66 votes necessary for ratification.