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

May 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, and Congressman Michael C. Burgess, M.D. today announced the introduction of H.R. 2781, the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019. This legislation is designed to increase access to health care in underserved areas and diversify the health care providers to meet the needs of different populations.

May 16, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, a Senior Chief Deputy Whip, made the following statement upon passage of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act:

“Today, we voted to make impactful, lasting changes that will lower the cost of health care and prescription drugs for Americans nationwide. I am proud that we have an opportunity today to do what was impossible while Republicans were in charge last Congress.

May 13, 2019 Press Release
The bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costs
May 9, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky voted for H.R. 986, Protecting Americans with Pre-Existing Conditions of 2019. This legislation immediately rescinds damaging, dangerous guidance from the Trump Administration which allowed states to promote junk insurance plans that discriminate against people with pre-existing conditions and do not cover essential benefits. 

May 9, 2019 Press Release
The bipartisan FAIR Drug Pricing Act takes the first step to address skyrocketing prescription drug costsDrug corporations' aggressive increases in prescription drug prices are making lifesaving treatments unaffordable for families, taxpayers and our health care system