Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Blasts House Republicans For "Peek-A-Boo" Politics That Will Cost Millions of Americans Access to Affordable Health Care

Mar 6, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) lambasted Republicans who seek to demolish the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and render millions of Americans without access to affordable health care. The legislator accused his colleagues of playing childish games with the lives of the elderly, the disabled, children and working families.

“We’ve heard rumors of drastic changes to the ACA and from what I’ve heard they will scare the hell out of anybody who desperately needs health insurance coverage,” Rush said. “The Republicans are playing peak-a-boo with seniors, the disabled, women and children — and are acting like vampires waiting for the sun to go down so they can make their move on those they perceive weaker than them. We’re here to protect the public’s interests and not wind up as cheerleaders for private profits.”

A recent analysis issued by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) and the Joint Committee on Taxation (JCT) estimated that 18 million Americans would lose their health insurance in just the first year following repeal, even if the law' s market reforms are kept in place. The CBO and JCT predict that 32 million fewer people would have health insurance by 2026. The Urban Institute has reached similar conclusions: if the ACA is even partially repealed, the number of uninsured Americans would increase by approximately 30 million in 2019, a 103 percent increase.

In a letter to U.S. Representative Greg Walden (R-Ore.), chairman of the Committee on Energy and Commerce, Rep. Rush joined his fellow Democrats on the Committee in saying that he was “deeply concerned by [the Chairman’s] decision to move forward with the markup in the absence of a CBO score of the bill. The decisions we make on health care will have real and drastic consequences on our constituents, their communities, and state and local economies.

“My constituents have asked Congress to focus on raising wages, creating good-paying jobs and ensuring everyone has access to capital and equal opportunity,” Rep. Rush said. “Instead, Republicans have declared all-out war on the public’s health by putting insurance companies back in charge, raising premiums, ripping guaranteed benefits away and eliminating other essential protections.”