What Unites Us - Healthcare

“What Unites Us” highlighting women running for Congress from all parties who have something in common – and something we may even have in common with them. To help 50/50 by 2020 help these candidates and other women running for office, visit our Donate page.


Healthcare is the top issue in this MidTerm election. Issues around the costs of healthcare, issues regarding access, Medicare/Medicaid, mental illness, addiction all top discussions at debates and in the news. Everyone is concerned that one illness could lead their family to bankruptcy.

Among the amazing women running for Congress in this upcoming election are a few with experience in healthcare including a nurse, a doctor and a Medicare fraud whistleblower.

Lauren Underwood, Candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (D-IL 14)

“During a swimming lesson when she was 8 years old, Lauren discovered that she had a heart condition, supraventricular tachycardia, which occasionally prevents her heart from maintaining a normal rhythm. The providers that helped Lauren through her initial treatment made a lasting impression and inspired her career in nursing.” {Meet Lauren} Lauren went on to become a Registered Nurse and then got her Masters in Public Health at John Hopkins University.

I’m stepping forward to fight for families who know that strong jobs, smart investments, and access to affordable health care will help get our region back on track.
— Lauren Underwood

“Lauren was appointed by President Obama to serve as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her time in the administration, Lauren helped communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats and public health emergencies.  As a career public servant at HHS, Lauren helped implement the Affordable Care Act — broadening access for those on Medicare, improving healthcare quality and reforming private insurance.” {Meet Lauren}

At age 31, Lauren is one of the few millennials running, taking on five men in the primary and winning against all odds. Learn more about Lauren and the issues that drive her at: Underwoodforcongress.com

Dr. Kyle Horton, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (D-NC 07)

Dr. Kyle Horton earned her combined MD/MBA at Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, and completed her Internal Medicine residency at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia where she was named Outstanding Senior Resident. This combination of medical degree and business degree make her uniquely qualified to tackle the issues surrounding healthcare. “She brings to the table a history of bipartisan leadership on issues of healthcare, clean water, and Veterans’ advocacy. Dr. Kyle is committed to finding practical solutions to our toughest problems, from creating good-paying jobs to protecting our coast and drinking water.” {see About Dr. Kyle}

Why She is Running:

“As a doctor, I’ve devoted my life to caring for people. In the clinic, I’ve seen the struggles of the hardworking families of North Carolina—their American Dream is on life support. Their health and wellbeing are under constant threat: wages stay low, healthcare costs rise, and even drinking water is contaminated. The good news is, the Doctor is In. I bring to the table a history of bipartisan leadership and am committed to finding practical solutions to our toughest problems: Revive the American Dream. Save our Health Care. Protect our Water. From the clinic to Capitol Hill, I am on call for you.” Learn more at: drkyleforcongress.com/


Tracy Lovvorn, Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives (R-MA 02)

Tracy Lovvorn has been a practicing licensed physical therapist since 1997. “In 2009, Tracy risked her career and stood up to big business fighting corporate Medicare fraud, waste and patient abuse. Tracy’s actions have set precedent that has saved the U.S. taxpayers and has since returned hundreds of millions of dollars back to our Medicare trust fund. These actions have helped changed the way rehab services are billed in the skilled nursing environment which has helped protect our most frail and elderly citizens who could not stand up for themselves.” {see Meet Tracy} Tracy’s commitment to a bi-partisan cooperation is what is needed.

I am running for Congress because like you, I am exhausted from dead end political extremism in Washington DC that leads to constant resistance and accomplishes little. Central Massachusetts leads the state in common sense centrist political views. We can proudly have open dialogue with our neighbors and even though we may not all agree on every item, we respect each other, we learn from each other, and after civil conversations we can ultimately agree and support ideals that impact our common needs. I promise to take this civility, and represent you, the way we ALL deserve.
— Tracy Lovvorn

We encourage you to learn more about all the women running for office in this MidTerm election. To learn about ALL women running, visit the Center for American Women in Politics at Rutgers University who lists all women running at the National and State level along with links to their websites.

To help 50/50 by 2020 help these candidates and other women running for office, visit our Donate page.