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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

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 6, 2017 eNewsletters
Dear Friend, While Senate leaders may have delayed the vote, they are continuing to push their healthcare repeal bill that causes millions to lose health insurance, raises costs for middle-class families, decimates Medicaid and guts protections for women and seniors. We should be working together to give people better coverage at lower cost, not forcing them to pay more for less. But this is about more than numbers. It’s about people.
Jul 5, 2017 Press Release
BOTHELL – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today met with researchers at the University of Washington’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), a National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research center.
Jun 22, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after Senate Republicans released their healthcare repeal bill:
Jun 8, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today questioned Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Tom Price about the administration’s ongoing efforts to cut programs that support women and their access to healthcare.
May 31, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, an interim final Trump Administration rule that would allow any employer to be exempt from the requirement to provide health insurance that includes contraception was leaked to the public. Reps.
May 24, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) today released the following statement after the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) scored Republican’s healthcare repeal bill:
May 18, 2017 Press Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Reps. Suzan DelBene (WA-01), Judy Chu (CA-27), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Barbara Lee (CA-13) and Jackie Speier (CA-14) sent a letter to Ivanka Trump inviting her to a meeting on women’s health issues, including access to affordable contraception.