Lauren Underwood on Health Care



All Americans should have access to affordable health care

As a nurse and a health-policy expert, I believe that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. 300,000 people in our district have pre-existing conditions and rely on the Affordable Care Act's protections, which could very well be in jeopardy. I consider healthcare access and costs to be my number one priority.
Source: 2018 IL-14 House campaign website UnderwoodForCongress.com , May 6, 2020

Protect ObamaCare, and fix it for lower drug prices

Q: What is the one accomplishment you have to have if you seek reelection two years from now?

REP.-ELECT LAUREN UNDERWOOD: We have to protect health care for people with pre-existing conditions. It is the most critical issue in this election--

Q: I imagine preexisting conditions was huge in your district. And it was the number one advertised subject. That's the chief promise you believe you made?

UNDERWOOD: Absolutely.

Q: How do you think that's going to get done?

UNDERWOOD: Well, it's going to get done immediately because we can protect the Affordable Care Act and we can fix it. We can stabilize premium prices, we can lower drug prices. But this idea that somehow people with pre-existing conditions might be vulnerable is something that I would never support.

Source: Meet the Press 2018 interview: IL-14 House race , Nov 11, 2018

Every family has a right to quality, affordable healthcare

Key messages: Underwood said that healthcare was her focus, citing her professional experience as a registered nurse and public health advisor and her personal experiences with a preexisting heart condition. Her general election campaign kickoff video said that she was "running for Congress because every family has a right to quality, affordable healthcare."
Source: Ballotpedia 2018 House IL-14 `Key Message` analysis , Oct 9, 2018

I have a pre-existing condition

Like many Americans, I have a pre-existing heart condition called supraventricular tachycardia. This means I have a rapid heartbeat but it is well controlled and I am fine but it is one of those diagnoses that would make it incredibly difficult and cost prohibitive for me to get insurance coverage if that version of the ACA repeal passed.
Source: Windy City Times on 2018 House IL-14 race , Mar 7, 2018

Healthcare is a human right

I believe that healthcare is a human right. The ACA is not perfect and I support policies that will improve the law. This includes stabilizing the health insurance marketplaces by providing a long-term commitment to cost-sharing reductions and an incentive for all Americans to maintain insurance coverage. I also want properly funded risk pools so that more insurers will offer plans on the marketplace.
Source: Windy City Times on 2018 House IL-14 race , Mar 7, 2018

Keep healthcare mandate, according to CC survey.

Underwood opposes the CC survey question on healthcare mandate

The Christian Coalition Voter Guide inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Repealing the Nationalized Health Care System that Forces Citizens to Buy Insurance ' Christian Coalition's self-description: "Christian Voter Guide is a clearing-house for traditional, pro-family voter guides. We do not create voter guides, nor do we interview or endorse candidates."

Source: Christian Coalition Surve 18CC-5 on Jul 1, 2018

Keep ObamaCare, according to PVS survey.

Underwood opposes the PVS survey question on repealing ObamaCare

Project Vote Smart inferred whether candidates agree or disagree with the statement, 'Health Care: Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?' PVS self-description: "The Political Courage Test provides voters with positions on key issues. Historically, candidates have failed to complete our test due to the advice they receive from their advisors and out of fear of negative attack ads."

Source: PVS Survey 18PVS-5 on Aug 1, 2018

2021-22 Governor, House and Senate candidates on Health Care: Lauren Underwood on other issues:
IL Gubernatorial:
Ameya Pawar
Bruce Rauner
Chris Kennedy
Daniel Biss
J.B. Pritzker
Jeanne Ives
Jesse Sullivan
Joe Walsh
Pat Quinn
Paul Schimpf
IL Senatorial:
Andrea Zopp
Anne Stava-Murray
Mark Curran
Mark Kirk
Napoleon Harris
Richard Durbin
Tammy Duckworth
Republican Freshman class of 2021:
AL-1: Jerry Carl(R)
AL-2: Barry Moore(R)
CA-8: Jay Obernolte(R)
CA-50: Darrell Issa(R)
CO-3: Lauren Boebert(R)
FL-3: Kat Cammack(R)
FL-15: Scott Franklin(R)
FL-19: Byron Donalds(R)
GA-9: Andrew Clyde(R)
GA-14: Marjorie Taylor Greene(R)
IA-2: Mariannette Miller-Meeks(R)
IA-4: Randy Feenstra(R)
IL-15: Mary Miller(R)
IN-5: Victoria Spartz(R)
KS-1: Tracey Mann(R)
KS-2: Jake LaTurner(R)
LA-5: Luke Letlow(R)
MI-3: Peter Meijer(R)
MI-10: Lisa McClain(R)
MT-0: Matt Rosendale(R)
NC-11: Madison Cawthorn(R)
NM-3: Teresa Leger Fernandez(D)
NY-2: Andrew Garbarino(R)
NY-22: Claudia Tenney(R)
OR-2: Cliff Bentz(R)
PR-0: Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon(R)
TN-1: Diana Harshbarger(R)
TX-4: Pat Fallon(R)
TX-11: August Pfluger(R)
TX-13: Ronny Jackson(R)
TX-17: Pete Sessions(R)
TX-22: Troy Nehls(R)
TX-23: Tony Gonzales(R)
TX-24: Beth Van Duyne(R)
UT-1: Blake Moore(R)
VA-5: Bob Good(R)
WI-5: Scott Fitzgerald(R)
Incoming Democratic Freshman class of 2021:
CA-53: Sara Jacobs(D)
GA-5: Nikema Williams(D)
GA-7: Carolyn Bourdeaux(D)
HI-2: Kai Kahele(D)
IL-3: Marie Newman(D)
IN-1: Frank Mrvan(D)
MA-4: Jake Auchincloss(D)
MO-1: Cori Bush(D)
NC-2: Deborah Ross(D)
NC-6: Kathy Manning(D)
NY-15: Ritchie Torres(D)
NY-16: Jamaal Bowman(D)
NY-17: Mondaire Jones(D)
WA-10: Marilyn Strickland(D)

Republican takeovers as of 2021:
CA-21: David Valadao(R) defeated T.J. Cox(D)
CA-39: Young Kim(R) defeated Gil Cisneros(D)
CA-48: Michelle Steel(R) defeated Harley Rouda(D)
FL-26: Carlos Gimenez(R) defeated Debbie Mucarsel-Powell(D)
FL-27: Maria Elvira Salazar(R) defeated Donna Shalala(D)
IA-1: Ashley Hinson(R) defeated Abby Finkenauer(D)
MN-7: Michelle Fischbach(R) defeated Collin Peterson(D)
NM-2: Yvette Herrell(R) defeated Xochitl Small(D)
NY-11: Nicole Malliotakis(R) defeated Max Rose(D)
OK-5: Stephanie Bice(R) defeated Kendra Horn(D)
SC-1: Nancy Mace(R) defeated Joe Cunningham(D)
UT-4: Burgess Owens(R) defeated Ben McAdams(D)

Special Elections 2021-2022:
CA-22: replacing Devin Nunes (R, SPEL summer 2022)
FL-20: replacing Alcee Hastings (D, SPEL Jan. 2022)
LA-2: Troy Carter (R, April 2021)
LA-5: Julia Letlow (R, March 2021)
NM-1: Melanie Stansbury (D, June 2021)
OH-11: Shontel Brown (D, Nov. 2021)
OH-15: Mike Carey (R, Nov. 2021)
TX-6: Jake Ellzey (R, July 2021)
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