Lauren Underwood ~ U.S. House, District 14

Lauren is a registered nurse, with hands-on experience in America’s healthcare industry. Appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where she helped communities prepare for and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. She also helped implement the ACA. Most recently, Lauren worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure it provided high-quality, cost-effective healthcare. She is also a teacher to future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online Masters program.

On healthcare . . .

“As a nurse and a health-policy expert, I believe that all Americans should have access to high-quality, affordable health care. And the need is crystal clear: families in our district too often have to choose between paying bills and their prescriptions. Parents often worry about how they will afford their children’s medications. 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.”

On the environment . . .

“I support expanded investment and deployment of renewable energy projects, investment in public transportation projects, and a fully funded and appropriately staffed Environmental Protection Agency with authority to regulate, monitor and enforce standards associated with the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act and other safeguards to promote health, safety and our environment.”

Plans for the Economy

“I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs (and) smart investments will help get our region back on track.”

Education Policy

“I believe that every child deserves a high quality public education. Here in the 14th district we have excellent public schools, but this requires continued investment. Additionally, we should be making it easier for students to afford college by increasing our investment in higher education institutions. I support increased funding for Pell grants, increased availability of affordable subsidized student loans, and the continuance of the public service loan forgiveness program. Higher education should not be a privilege of a certain class of people.”

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