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.

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October 2, 2020 Video

Here's my weekly video update for my constituents. I address President Trump's COVID diagnosis, the latest Coronavirus numbers, votes by the House to condemn QAnon and the forced sterilization of women in ICE custody, and other updates.

September 23, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Senior Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, today announced her support for the College Athlete’s Bill of Rights. This legislative framework will advance justice and opportunity for college athletes, creating a baseline of rights and protections for them, while guaranteeing they have a voice. It would additionally ensure individual states have flexibility to provide greater protections and opportunities for college athletes.

September 18, 2020 Video

My weekly video update for my constituents, including updates on Hispanic Heritage Month, the recent whistleblower complaint about forced hysterectomies at ICE detention facilities, and HHS officials changing scientific reports.

September 16, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky joined fellow U.S. Representatives Pramila Jayapal (WA-07), Judy Chu (CA-27), Jerrold Nadler (NY-10) and Zoe Lofgen (CA-19) and 167 other members of Congress today in urging the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General Joseph Cuffari to open an immediate investigation into new whistleblower allegations of mass hysterectomies being performed on women detained at the privately-run Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga.

September 9, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, cheered the passage of seven bills out of the full Energy and Commerce Committee which had moved through her subcommittee. The legislative bills deal with artificial intelligence, senior and pandemic scams, and consumer product safety.

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