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

Jan 18, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.), today released the following statement on the Republican short-term government funding legislation (also known as the Continuing Resolution, or CR).

Nov 3, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement today pursuant to his NO vote on H.R. 3922, the CHAMPION Act, which would reauthorize the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP):

“My vote today should not be taken as a reflection of any lack of support for CHIP on my part. Instead, it should be seen for what it is: a protest against the Republican majority’s desire to rob Peter to pay Paul.

Oct 26, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) participated in a Democratic forum of the Energy and Commerce Committee to address Public Health Solutions to Gun Violence. Following the forum, Rush said:

“Today’s forum was an important first step in addressing the pandemic of gun violence that plagues communities across our nation. One of today’s biggest lessons is that there is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution to this menace. Instead, we must approach this holistically and work across industries and ideologies to end this.”

Oct 5, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) today, released the following statement upon the successful adoption of his amendment to the CHAMPION Act last night:

“I am so pleased that my amendment to allow community health centers to participate in the National Institutes of Health’s ‘All of Us’ Research Program was unanimously adopted by my colleagues on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Jul 25, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON — U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement after Senate Republicans voted on a procedural motion that would begin debate to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare):

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