Jan Schneider also supports the heathcare needs of women and children. While our current representative works and votes for the rich and powerful, Jan will protect working families.

Women

Planned Parenthood is a leading provider of high-quality, affordable healthcare in this country. The majority of its services are preventive, including preventing unintended pregnancies with birth control and sex education, reducing the spread of sexually-transmitted diseases and infections through testing and treatment, and screening for cervical, breast, and other cancers. Planned Parenthood provides services not only to women, but also to men and to the LGBTQ community. Abortions account for only a small portion of such services – and they are not paid for by any taxpayer funding.

At least 60% of Planned Parenthood patients depend on public health programs like Medicaid and Title X (low-income family planning and preventive health services) for funding their preventive and primary care. In addition to otherwise seeking to undermine Planned Parenthood, President Trump wants to impose a domestic “gag rule” that would prevent organizations that receive Title X funds from even talking about abortion. This alone will put the health of millions of low-income patients at risk.

A self-described “pro-life” advocate, Vern Buchanan (R-FL16) has declared himself prepared to “work hard to defend life from conception to natural death.” Buchanan has repeatedly voted to “defund” Planned Parenthood. He has even voted to prohibit federal funds from being used for any health benefits coverage that includes abortion (going beyond the current system whereby federal funds must be segregated from those used for abortion services) and to disallow any tax benefits for amounts paid or incurred for an abortion. The National Right to Life Committee scores him as having voted its anti-choice positions 100% of the time.

Jan supports Planned Parenthood and opposes all efforts to restrict its funding. She also goes beyond that and advocates repealing the “Hyde Amendment” that effectively prevents servicewomen and female members of military families from accessing the same reproductive services (including abortion services) at military healthcare and/or other facilities as other American women can access. VoteJan – For Your Health!

Children

The Children’s Health Insurance Program is a cost-effective, successful program that provides health insurance coverage to 9 million low- and middle-income children. It has also become a “political football.”

Congressional Republicans have displayed incredible hypocrisy in “playing politics” with the health of our children and grandchildren. First, they claimed CHIP cost the federal government too much and declined to pass an extension of the program estimated to cost $8.3 billion over five years. Then, they turned around and passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with $1.5 trillion in tax cuts for the ultra-rich and wealthy corporations. After the TCJA repeal of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) individual mandate, the Congressional Budget Office lowered its estimate for the 5-year cost of CHIP to $800 million (balancing out the additional cost if CHIP children were moved to ACA exchanges). Thereafter, on January 22, 2018 Congress passed a six-year extension (FY2018-2023) of CHIP funding as part of a broader continuing resolution.

Jan finds this sequence of events despicable. The health of our children is crucial to the future of our country. VoteJan – For Your Health!