Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

Representing the 2nd District of Indiana
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Health Issues

I know how important healthcare is to you and your families. We are fortunate to live in a country that is home to the most advanced medicines and technologies. 

I spent four years in Romania with my husband where we started a foundation to provide medical supplies to impoverished children. Those years gave me a greater appreciation for the advancements our country has made in healthcare; however, I know our overall healthcare system is not perfect and I’ve heard your concerns.

The President spent his first term in office pushing through an overly burdensome and job-killing health law. I was not a member of Congress when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) passed, but, now, as your elected official, I will actively fight to repeal this government takeover of our health system because I believe government has no business interfering with our private healthcare decisions.

Not only will this law kill jobs and get in between patients and their doctors, PPACA will stifle medical innovation and places addition taxes on American families.  As Hoosiers, we are proud to be a leader in the medical device industry, with over 300 medical device manufacturers calling our state home. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act includes a provision that imposes a new 2.3% sales tax on medical devices. This debilitating tax will make it harder to companies to hire people in our community and potentially make it harder for our seniors and veterans to access to life-saving medical devices. This is why I have supported the Protect Medical Innovation Act of 2013 (H.R. 523) to repeal this excise tax.

For everyone in my district, and in the great state of Indiana, I want you know I will be working tirelessly to create and implement healthcare reforms that will improve access to quality healthcare, reduce costs, and remove burdensome government regulations. This is why I need your help in addressing our country’s healthcare issues. Please contact me so we can work together to bring forth real solutions.

More on Health Issues

Jul 14, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today joined House Speaker Paul D. Ryan at an enrollment ceremony marking the passage of S. 524, the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act. The bipartisan, comprehensive legislation now is on its way to the president’s desk to be signed into law.

Jul 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today spoke on the House floor about the Conscience Protection Act, a bill she co-sponsored to reaffirm and codify existing conscience protections for pro-life health care providers and give them legal recourse to defend themselves from discrimination for refusing to take part in abortions as a matter of conscience. The House is expected to vote on the legislation later today.

Video of Walorski’s remarks is available here. The full text is below.

Jul 8, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for bipartisan, comprehensive legislation to address the nationwide opioid epidemic and protect veterans from overprescription of powerful opiates.

“Dozens of Americans die each day from opioid overdoses, and this has to stop,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “There is a long battle ahead of us. A lot of damage has already been done. But this bill represents an important step forward as we seek to stop overprescription and end opioid addiction in our country.”

May 18, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for H.R. 5243, the Zika Response Appropriations Act, which provides $622.1 million in fully-offset funding for domestic and international efforts to combat the global Zika virus outbreak. The bill passed the House by a vote of 241 to 184.

May 17, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – On Tuesday, three members of Indiana’s Congressional delegation were appointed to a special conference committee comprised of members of the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate that will negotiate the final details of comprehensive legislation to curb opioid and heroin abuse.

May 13, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today voted for comprehensive, bipartisan legislation to combat the nation’s prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic. An amended version of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act, S. 524, which takes steps to address the growing problem of addiction and overdose, passed the House by a vote of 400 to 5.

May 10, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) today applauded passage of legislation to prevent the overprescription of opioids to veterans that often leads to prescription drug abuse. Congresswoman Walorski’s provision, which would require all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) facilities to participate in their respective state’s prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP), was included in H.R. 4063, the Jason Simcakoski Promoting Responsible Opioid Management and Incorporating Scientific Expertise (PROMISE) Act, which passed the House unanimously.

Feb 16, 2016 In The News

Vernita Todd will be trading cold, snowy Indiana for sunny, warm California after resigning as CEO of Heart City Health Center.

Todd closed her more than 10-year career on Friday. She started as the chief executive officer in 2005, but had been a consultant for the center as vice president of United Way of Elkhart County.

Jan 12, 2016 Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Jackie Walorski (IN-02) issued the following statement after supporting H.R. 3762, the Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015: