Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Health Care

Healthcare is such a critically important issue and I have heard from many of you who have shared your thoughts and concerns regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While I agree the ACA needs improvement, depriving 24 million Americans of affordable healthcare is not the solution.  As you may know, the ACA contains provisions intended to allow more Americans to access quality healthcare by increasing the primary care and public health workforce, promoting preventive services, and strengthening quality controls, among other things.

The Republican alternative has many deficiencies including eliminating coverage for preexisting conditions and undoing Medicaid expansion; which are just a sampling of what is vital to so many individuals in our district.  Additionally, their cruel and reckless plan would rob too many Americans of the healthcare coverage they now have.

It is my firm belief that access to healthcare is not a privilege, but a right.  Therefore, I am in strong opposition to attempts to deny Americans the healthcare coverage they deserve and will continue to fight any efforts to undermine their healthcare.

More on Health Care

Dec 12, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of H.R. 3, the Elijah E. Cummings Lower Drug Costs Now Act.  This bill, among other important provisions, lowers the cost of prescription drugs by empowering the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to negotiate directly with drug manufacturers for the prices of certain drugs that lack competition.  The bill passed the House of Representatives by a bipartisan vote of 230 192.

Nov 20, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Larry Bucshon (R-Ind.) introduced H.R. 5200, the Prostate-Specific Antigen Screening for High-risk Insured Men (PSA Screening for HIM) Act, which would waive deductibles, copayments, and coinsurances for prostate cancer screenings for men who have a family history of prostate cancer or who are African-American.

Oct 30, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), along with U.S. Representatives Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.); Steve Cohen (D-Tenn.); and Peter King (R-N.Y.), introduced the Diabetes Prevention Semipostal Stamp Act (H.R. 4914). Funds raised by this stamp will go toward the National Diabetes Prevention Program at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Oct 28, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the Educating Medical Professionals and Optimizing Workforce Efficiency and Readiness (EMPOWER) for Health Act of 2019 (H.R. 2781), which included U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush’s (D-Ill.) Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act of 2019. The legislation passed by voice vote.

Oct 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON  Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), as a senior member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, is considering several pieces of legislation to lower drug costs and expand access to health care for seniors.

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