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, 2014 Press Release

I want to join today with so many who are remembering the life of Tim Carpenter, a life-long advocate for social, economic and environmental justice. 

Tim was a believer and an activist.  He believed that we could create a world where every person has the right to quality health care, to a clean environment, to a good job, and to peace.  And he knew the only way to achieve that just society is to empower people to take action. 

April 23, 2014 Press Release

The Affordable Healthcare Act is changing lives. 8 Million Americans have signed up for Health Insurance under the Affordable Care Act and 35% of those are under 35. The Affordable Care Act is all about making sure Americans have the health coverage they need.   The below five stories put a face on the more than 313,000 Illinoisans who now have health coverage and the 5.6 million Illinoisans, who can never be denied coverage due to a preexisting condition. 

April 1, 2014 Press Release

Washington, D.C. -- The success of the open enrollment period truly shows Americans’ desperate need for access to affordable healthcare.

More than seven million Americans have enrolled in private plans. Millions more have enrolled through their parents’ plans or through Medicaid. Of these millions of Americans, many are now insured for first time, finally getting the coverage they need. This is truly a monumental accomplishment.

April 1, 2014 Press Release

Today, Rep. Schakowsky issued the following response to the Republican Ryan budget proposal:

If budgets are all about priorities, the Ryan Republican budget’s priorities are all wrong.    

Think we need to prevent carbon pollution?  The Ryan Republican budget reduces spending to address global warming, makes funding cuts to clean energy technologies and approves the environmentally-dangerous Keystone XL pipeline.

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