Last updated on: 6/7/2018 | Author: ProCon.org

Jim McDermott, MD Biography

Title:
Former US Representative (D-WA)
Position:
Not Clearly Pro or Con to the question "Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) Good for America?"
Reasoning:

“[N]ow that parts of the bill are already taking effect and the noise level has decreased, we can begin to see what this bill will actually do to reduce costs — and the answer is a lot…

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that this bill will reduce the deficit by more than $140 billion over the next 10 years, and an additional $1.2 trillion over the following 10 years.

What the bill will do is ensure that people’s premiums won’t skyrocket as they have been over the past decade and will keep premiums much lower than they would have been without reform…

This legislation is far from perfect, and I know we are going to have to amend and improve it for years to come, just like we’ve done with Social Security and Medicare. The bill is a landmark piece of legislation that was nearly a century in the making, so it’s going to take time to see its full effects.”

“Two Views on Health Care: Legislation Contains Cost-Cutting Measures,” Fresno Bee, May 29, 2010

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • US Representative (D-WA), 1988-2017
  • Senior Member, US House Committee on Ways and Means
  • Chairman, US House Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support
  • Member, US House Subcommittee on Trade
  • Co-Chair, Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS, Congressional Kidney Caucus, and Congressional India and Indian-Americans Caucus
  • Regional Medical Officer, US Foreign Service (Zaire), 1987-1988
  • Chairman, Washington State Senate Ways and Means Committee, 1983-1987
  • Member, Washington State Senate, 43rd District, 1975-1987
  • Member, Public Health Associates of Seattle, 1983-1986
  • Chairman, Washington State Legislative Budget Committee, 1983-1985
  • Consultant, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, 1972-1983
  • Consultant, Division of Juvenile Rehabilitation, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services, 1972-1979
  • Member, Washington State House of Representatives, 1971-1972
Education:
  • MD, University of Illinois Medical School, 1963
  • BS, Wheaton College, 1958
Other:
  • Born in Chicago, IL on Dec. 28, 1936
Quoted in:
  1. Will I pay less for health insurance and medical care?