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Everyone in our country should have access to affordable health care. When I worked at Legal Aid, I saw firsthand the devastating effects caused by a lack of accessible health care. This, along with my experience on the Health Care Committee in the Oregon House of Representatives, further cemented my conviction that quality health care must be accessible to all and that increased access will drive down costs. When people have access to primary and preventive care, they avoid high-cost health care in emergency rooms. This results in fewer instances of chronic disease and better outcomes at a lower cost.
 
Affordable health care includes mental health services. As a member of the Mental Health Caucus, I understand the importance of ensuring that those with mental illness receive proper care and treatment.  
 
A focus on prevention, both in the doctor’s office and at home, is also key to ensuring a healthy future for our country. I am a cosponsor of the Personal Health Investment Today Act, which provides tax incentives for citizens who purchase exercise equipment, join gyms, and stay active.  Additionally oral health has a significant impact not only on our physical health, but also in our day-to-day lives and our children’s success at school. When kids are suffering in the classroom with dental problems, they are not concentrating and they are not learning. The Breaking Barriers to Oral Health Act, which I have cosponsored, will help remedy this problem by encouraging public-private partnerships to improve oral education for underserved populations and improve access to dental health care for low-income children.
 
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government health agencies, and the exceptional research institutions in Oregon make valuable contributions to the health of our country. Continued investment in their research is essential.  I support robust funding for the NIH, which does its own research and also awards grants across the country to increase our understanding of diseases, develop treatments, and find cures. Additionally I have cosponsored bills to support research in pancreatic cancer, psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis, breast cancer, bleeding disorders, Down syndrome, and rare diseases.
 
Another issue impacting the country’s health care system is the nationwide shortage of nurses. Nurses and nurse practitioners perform a crucial role in doctors’ offices, hospitals, and schools, and we must give them the support they need.  I have consistently advocated for nursing workforce development programs and will continue to fight to ensure they are funded.

 

 

 

More on Health Care

August 7, 2017 In The News

Congress is on break right now and U.S. Rep. Suzanne Bonamici, District 1, stopped by the KATU studios Monday and was interviewed by KATU’s Lincoln Graves.

Topics of discussion included: North Korea’s announcement it’ll take revenge against the United States for new sanctions issued over its nuclear program, her concern the Trump administration won’t make an upcoming payment on the federal subsidies for Obamacare, college students struggling to pay their loans, and other top priorities.

July 28, 2017 In The News

By Representative Suzanne Bonamici

July 25, 2017 In The News

Four Congressional Democrats from Oregon blasted Republican senators Tuesday for their vote on a secretive bill to advance a repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act.

Earlier in the day, Republicans in the U.S. Senate narrowly approved a procedural move to go forward with a plan to repeal and replace Obamacare, bringing Congress one step closer to fulfilling a central campaign promise of President Trump.

July 25, 2017 In The News

Union members were among more than 200 people at a rally July 6 in Northeast Portland calling on the U.S. Senate to reject Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare.

July 16, 2017 In The News

BEAVERTON - In a giant jammed gymnasium, stuffed full of Oregonians drawn to a town hall by the prospect of Congress dismantling health care, questioners rarely asked about the actual bill, the one that seemed to be slowly decomposing over the July 4 break.

Opposition was so complete it barely needed to be mentioned.

July 13, 2017 In The News

'It is what he is saying, not that he is using social media,' Congresswoman told a supportive crowd at a town hall meeting in Beaverton.

 

Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Suzanne Bonamici assailed President Donald Trump for what the Oregon Democrats say are his assaults on constitutional rights embodied in the First Amendment.

They also challenged Republican congressional plans to repeal and replace the insurance coverage mandated under Democratic President Barack Obama's signature health-care law.