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Congresswoman Robin Kelly

Representing the 2nd District of Illinois

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I am honored to serve as the Chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust – one of Congress’s principal health care advisory task forces.  In this position, I’m working for the people of Illinois’s Second Congressional District, and all Americans to reduce the health disparities that plague many of our communities.  

My top health care priorities are: addressing health inequality in our communities, protecting a woman’s right to choose, keeping health care costs affordable, and protecting Medicare and Medicaid for future generations.  

Improving our nation’s health requires a dedicated, and holistic advancement of access to quality and affordable health care, as well as a strong focus on promoting physical fitness, nutrition, and preventative medicine including increased access to oral health care. 

We must also address both the root causes of gun violence, as gun violence itself as a health care issue.  Gun violence is a threat to our public health, and expanding access to, and quality of, mental health care services will help reduce the threat of gun violence and gun suicides. 

Lastly, I support investments in the health care workforce.  Scientific and medical research not only creates well-paying jobs, but it also improves our long-term national health by promoting cutting edge research that will develop the next generation of cures that will save lives and further reduce health care costs.

For more information concerning my work and views on Health Care issues, please contact me.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you.

More on Health Care

May 17, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly welcomed Chicago’s Dr. Cheryl Watson-Lowry, DDS to testify before Congress on the Action for Dental Health Act. Dr. Watson-Lowry testified before the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee.

May 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement following the House vote to strip 24 million Americans of their health insurance:

“I’m extremely disappointed that my colleagues worked so hard to strip 24 million Americans – including 1.15 million Illinoisans – of the everyday peace of mind that comes from having health insurance. This bill is an unmitigated disaster and I’m proud to have stood with patients, healthcare providers, advocates and common sense Republicans in voting ‘NO.’

May 4, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement following the announcement of a vote on Zombie TrumpCare:

"It shows a callous lack of courage for Republicans to make stealing from MediCare, passing an 'age tax' and voting to strip millions of Americans of health insurance, the last thing they do before skipping town for recess.

This is a disastrous follow-up to the GOP's first health proposal. Somehow this bill managed to be worse than the original TrumpCare bill that was scrapped.

Apr 26, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Robin Kelly, Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust, released this statement regarding the MacArthur Amendment; which exempts Members of Congress from the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, also called ObamaCare:

“It seems my Republican colleagues think they deserve better healthcare than American families. That’s simply outrageous.

Mar 28, 2017 In The News

It’s time to fight because our health is on the line. For years, Congressional Republicans have been chomping at the bit to repeal the Affordable Care Act and strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance.

If they succeed in repealing the ACA, experts estimate 43,000 Americans will die every year. Given the powerful and positive impact of the ACA in our community, a disproportionate number of these deaths will be African-Americans.

Mar 13, 2017 Press Release

Matteson, IL – Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus’s Health Braintrust, released this statement concerning the independent, non-partisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate of the costs of the Republicans’ Make America Sick Again bill:

“Today’s CBO report confirms what we already knew: the GOP’s ‘repeal and replace’ plan means families will pay more and get less.

Mar 9, 2017 In The News

For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance.

The impact of any repeal would be massive and disastrous. Experts estimate that repealing the ACA will kill 43,000 Americans every year.

Mar 7, 2017 Editorial

For six years, Republicans have repeated the same phrase in every conversation about healthcare: “repeal and replace” the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Now that Republicans control all levers of government, they are preparing legislation to strip 30 million Americans of the everyday security of health insurance.

Mar 7, 2017 Press Release

Matteson, IL - Congresswoman Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus's Health Braintrust, released this statement concerning Congressional Republicans' bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act:

"After seven years of claiming to have a credible alternative, House Republicans unveiled a bill that isn't worth the paper it's printed on. This bill will kill thousands of Americans and strip the everyday security of healthcare from millions of American families. 

Why are my colleagues so determined to make America sick again?

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