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

May 16, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in favor of H.R. 987, the Strengthening Health Care and Lowering Prescription Drug Costs Act, which included his legislation, H.R. 1499, the Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019 that prohibits the practice of pay-for-delay, where brand-name companies compensate generics to prevent the entry of cheaper drugs into the market.
May 6, 2019 Press Release
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following remarks at a press conference at the Ambulatory Care Center to discuss the impact of diabetes on Illinois residents and the skyrocketing cost of insulin. He was joined by Representatives Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-Ill.) and Jesus G. “Chuy” García (D-Ill.).
Apr 4, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after his bill, H.R. 1499, the "Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019” was favorably reported to the full House of Representatives by a unanimous vote in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.
Mar 28, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Peter T. King (R-N.Y.) led a bipartisan letter with 49 House colleagues to the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies requesting sufficient funding for women’s heart disease programs within the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Mar 26, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) cosponsored sweeping new health care legislation that will lower Illinoisans’ health insurance premiums, crack down on junk health insurance plans, strengthen protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and reverse the Trump Administration’s health care sabotage.

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