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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April 30, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – House Republicans have once again tried to use the budget process to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare. Rep. Jan Schakowsky released the following statement in response:

“Today, the Republicans’ voted for their ‘Work Harder for Less’ Budget.  It is another shameless attempt to repeal Obamacare, despite all the clear benefits of the health care law.

April 23, 2015 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jan Schakowsky issued the following statement after the reintroduction of the Safeguard American Food Exports (SAFE) Act:

“I am pleased to join Representatives Guinta, Lujan Grisham and Buchanan in reintroducing the SAFE Act (H.R. 1942).  This critically important legislation would help us end the horrific practice of horse slaughter once and for all.

March 26, 2015 Press Release

Washington, D.C. – I am a long-time supporter of efforts to prevent harmful Medicare physician cuts by eliminating the inaccurate Sustainable Growth Rate formula.  I have repeatedly cosponsored and voted for legislation to prevent those cuts. In 2007, 2009 and 2010, with my support, the House voted to fully repeal the SGR.  Unfortunately, I could not support H.R. 2 today for three key reasons.

March 25, 2015 Press Release

Legislation Would Improve Patient Care and Support America’s Nurses

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) joined Representative Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) today to introduce the National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act, legislation that would establish minimum registered nurse-to-patient ratios in hospitals, protect the rights of nurses to advocate on behalf of their patients and invest in training and retaining nurses to address the nationwide nursing shortage.

March 23, 2015 Press Release

Washington, DC – “Five years ago President Barack Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law.  What is crystal clear today is that the ACA, which I proudly call Obamacare, is working.

There are 16.4 million Americans all across our country who now have affordable, quality health insurance because of Obamacare.  Here of four striking examples of how Obamacare is making a huge difference the lives of residents in my Congressional District:

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