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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December 24, 2020 Video
On behalf of Speaker Nancy Pelosi​, Majority Leader Steny Hoyer brought a Unanimous Consent request to the House Floor to make the change to the bill President Trump requested. GOP Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy​ simply had to give a thumbs up. He failed to do that. House Democrats​ will now have to wait until Monday the 28th, after Christmas, to make this fix a reality. But we will do it.
December 23, 2020 Video
I was happy to join ABC 7 Chicago​ to react to the President's call for $2000 payments! I agree we need more and look forward to passing our Unanimous Consent request tomorrow - unless there's a Republican who objects. And we still haven't heard from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell​ .
December 22, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Monday, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and Chair of the Consumer Protection and Commerce Subcommittee, voted for legislation to provide relief to families and small businesses struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic. The legislation passed also includes comprehensive funding language to keep the federal government in operation through the 2021 fiscal year.

December 20, 2020 Video

Updates on the coronavirus pandemic, relief negotiations and inauguration plans for President-elect Biden's swearing-in.

December 4, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (IL-09), a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3884, the Marijuana Opportunity Reinvestment and Expungement Act of 2019 by a vote of 228-164:

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