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 18, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) called on Governor JB Pritzker to use any and all existing authorities to reopen MetroSouth Medical Center in order to increase the number of hospital beds needed to adequately address the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Mar 15, 2020 Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) announced that due to the ongoing public health emergency, his offices in Chicago and Washington D.C. will be closed to visitors until further notice.  Although Rep. Rush and his staff are all currently in good health, he and his staff will work remotely in order to prevent spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).  Rep. Rush believes this is a necessary precaution to protect the public health.

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) joined his colleagues in the House to pass the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201). This critical piece of legislation will provide free coronavirus testing for everyone who needs it, provides paid sick and family leave to all Americans, strengthens nutrition assistance programs, and increases funding for Medicaid. The bill passed the House 363-40-1.

Mar 11, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representatives Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) and Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) submitted an amendment to the Cosmetic Safety Enhancement Act of 2019 (H.R. 5279) to ensure that the Office of Minority Health is consulted on which ingredients should be reviewed, as well as the scientific evidence, clinical studies, data, and other information needed to ensure the health and safety of women and girls of color when developing cosmetics. The amendment was passed by voice vote.

Mar 6, 2020 Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobbly L. Rush (D-Ill.) voted in support of the Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act (H.R. 6074), a robust spending package to fully fund federal coronavirus emergency response efforts and protect Americans from this deadly disease.  The supplemental passed the House by a vote of 415–2.