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Congresswoman Suzan DelBene

Representing the 1st District of Washington


I am committed to ensuring every American has affordable, quality healthcare. And under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), we have made tremendous progress. Since the law was enacted, 20 million Americans have gained health coverage — including 750,000 in Washington state — and the nation’s uninsured rate has been cut nearly in half. P­eople with pre-existing conditions can no longer be discriminated against, annual and lifetime limits have been prohibited, women can’t be charged more for healthcare than men and young adults can now stay on their parents’ plan until age 26.

We all know the law is not perfect, and I strongly believe we can make improvements without compromising critical protections for the middle class. For example, I am the lead sponsor of commonsense legislation to simplify and expand the small business tax credit created under the ACA to better serve small businesses. I am also working to eliminate the law’s burdensome excise tax on medical devices, which has a negative impact on jobs and innovation, and I support repealing the so-called “Cadillac Tax” that unfairly targets millions of working families who get health insurance through their employer.

Unfortunately, House and Senate leaders are continuing to advance dangerous legislation that would dismantle the ACA and force people to pay more for less. The bill passed by the House would eliminate protections for pre-existing conditions, hike out-of-pocket costs for middle-class families, gut healthcare for women, take $75 billion from Medicare and undermine essential health benefits like ER visits, maternity care and prescription drugs. And according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), it would cause 23 million Americans to lose health insurance — including 3 million with employer-sponsored coverage.

It’s time for members of Congress to drop the threat of repeal and start working across the aisle on solutions for the American people. We need to strengthen our nation’s healthcare system by incentivizing high-quality patient care, reducing costs for small businesses, addressing barriers to care in rural communities, lowering the cost of prescription drugs, supporting precision medicine and training the next generation of nurses and doctors. Additionally, we need to boost our nation’s investments in medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies to speed the development of new cures, treatments and vaccines for patients who are suffering.

These don’t need to be partisan issues, and I stand ready and willing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to build on the progress we’ve already made.

I also firmly believe that women should be free to make their own medical decisions, without interference from politicians or their bosses. The continuing attacks in Congress on women’s health are unacceptable — including efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, limit access to birth control and restrict women’s reproductive rights. As one of the leaders of the House Pro-Choice Caucus, I will always be a strong proponent for women’s access to birth control and family planning services.


More on Health

Sep 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Congressman Peter King (NY-02) today led more than 85 bipartisan members of Congress in urging House leaders to protect medical research funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The President’s budget proposed cutting the agency by $7.2 billion next year, primarily through a harmful limitation on facilities and administrative (F&A) costs – also known as indirect costs – in  NIH-funded research.
Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01) and Jackie Walorski (IN-02) introduced bipartisan legislation to improve access to emergency air medical services that are critical to providing emergency medical care and saving lives in rural communities. The Ensuring Access to Air Ambulance Services Act (H.R. 3378) would update Medicare reimbursement rates for air ambulance service providers based on the actual cost of care.
Jul 27, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today reintroduced the Birth Control Privacy Act (H.R. 3443) to ensure women’s personal medical decisions about contraception are not disclosed to their employers — preventing serious exposures of personal health data and protecting the financial security of millions of women and their families.
Jul 25, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today welcomed House passage of her bipartisan bill (H.R. 3164), which was included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act. DelBene introduced H.R. 3164 with Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) and Mike Thompson (D-CA-05) to expand access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease (ESRD).
Jul 20, 2017 In The News
The Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is, for now, mothballed, in no small part because of Democratic resistance, fierce opposition from industry groups, and, above all else, GOP disarray. What didn’t help doom the effort: an enormous U.S. industry that repeatedly joined President Obama to promote the Affordable Care Act.
Jul 15, 2017 In The News
The gig economy owes a lot to Obamacare. In the wake of the financial crisis, as smartphones were just becoming the norm, millions of Americans were out of work. Then, Uber hit the market one year before Obamacare was passed, and suddenly, the “gig economy” seemed feasible.
Jul 13, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, For nearly 52 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided quality healthcare to seniors across the country. I had the opportunity to mark the anniversary of these essential programs during my recent visit to two senior centers in our district this month.
Jul 13, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Diane Black (R-TN-06), Suzan DelBene (D-WA-01) and Patrick Meehan (R-PA-07) praised movement on their bipartisan legislation, also co-sponsored by Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA-05), expanding access to home dialysis therapy under the Medicare program for patients with end stage renal disease. The bill, H.R. 3164, is included in the Medicare Part B Improvement Act of 2017 package that was marked up today by the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee.
Jul 12, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C.– Less than one week after Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) stated that a limited bill could be needed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace, a group of House Democrats from across the political spectrum unveiled a five-part plan to improve upon the Affordable Care Act and stabilize the individual marketplace.
Jul 12, 2017 In The News
“Across the country, Americans are suffering from heartbreaking medical conditions. If we are serious about breaking new ground in our understanding of complex diseases like Alzheimer’s, it’s absolutely essential we boost investments in medical research,” said Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) in a statement for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference 2017 happening now in London.