Congressman James McDermott, MD, is currently serving his twelfth term in the US House of Representatives for Washington’s Seventh Congressional District. Congressman McDermott was a practicing psychiatrist for more than three decades. His patients included US soldiers, residents of the King County jail, and State Department employees serving in sub-Saharan Africa. Before being elected to Congress, he served in the Washington State Legislature, where he crafted the Washington Basic Health Plan, the first state program in the country to provide low-cost health insurance to the unemployed and working poor. Congressman McDermott worked on the Affordable Care Act of 2010, and he remains committed to establishing a quality, universal health care system. He is currently leading the effort to encourage more doctors to become primary care physicians, which would lower costs and improve patient outcomes. In addition to securing the passage of the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS program in 1990, Congressman McDermott also founded the Congressional Task Force on International HIV/AIDS and has co-chaired the Task Force since its creation in 1992. Congressman McDermott received his doctor of medicine from the University of Illinois, College of Medicine, completed a two-year psychiatry residency at the University of Illinois Research Hospital, and completed his fellowship training in child psychiatry at the University of Washington Medical Center.
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