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

Mar 19, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Gus M. Bilirakis (R-Fla.) introduced H.R. 1835, the Consensual Donation and Research Integrity Act of 2019. This legislation will create a registration and tracking system for bodies and body parts donated for research and guarantees their respectful disposition.
Mar 6, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that the Friend Family Health Center has been awarded $4,045,729 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The funding comes through the Health Resource and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Health Center Cluster grant program and is awarded on a competitive basis to grantees that have demonstrated quality care to the communities they serve.
Mar 5, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced the “Protecting Consumer Access to Generic Drugs Act of 2019.” This bill will prohibit the practice of “pay-for-delay,” in which brand name drug companies compensate generics to delay the entry of generic drugs into the market. This practice leads to decreased competition and increased drug prices for Americans.
Jan 9, 2019 Press Release
WASHINGTON —Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) introduced H.R.366, the Insulin Access for All Act of 2019. This bill, cosponsored by 33 members of the House Democratic Caucus, eliminates the cost sharing requirement under Medicare and Medicaid for insulin.
Sep 17, 2018 Press Release
CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following remarks at a press conference to unveil a report on Illinoisans in danger of losing health care because of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act.