Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky

Representing the 9th District of Illinois


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 19, 2019 Video

Questions during hearing entitled "Profits Over Consumers: Exposing How Pharmaceutical Companies Game the System"

September 19, 2019 Video

I chaired the hearing entitled "Profits Over Consumers: Exposing How Pharmaceutical Companies Game the System" on September 19, 2019

September 19, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, chaired a hearing in her Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, entitled “Profits Over Consumers: Exposing How Pharmaceutical Companies Game the System.”

“I presided over a hearing today in the Committee on Energy and Commerce’s Subcommittee on Consumer Protection and Commerce that shined a light on the many ways Big Pharma uses various tactics to game the system, thus allowing them to price gouge consumers.

September 10, 2019 Video

Energy and Commerce Committee held a hearing entitled, "Improving Maternal Health: Legislation to Advance Prevention Efforts and Access to Care."

August 20, 2019 Press Release

CHICAGO, IL - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Chief Deputy Whip and Chair of the Pro-Choice Caucus Providers & Clinics Task Force, issued the following statement after the Trump Administration Forced Planned Parenthood Out of Title X Family Planning Program.