Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Highlights New Report on GOP Health Care Sabotage

Jul 25, 2018
Press Release
WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) underscored an important new study from the Center for American Progress (CAP).  This report details that after a 19-month long concentrated effort — pushed by the Trump Administration and Congressional Republicans to sabotage Americans’ health care and drive up premiums — hard-working families in every corner of America will now endure skyrocketing new costs.
At every opportunity, Washington Republicans are making health care more expensive and are intent on eliminating important protections for Americans with pre-existing conditions.  They are proving once again that they do not care how many people they hurt in their frenzied obsession with sabotaging health care for millions of Americans.
“While Republicans raise Americans’ health costs and hand tax breaks to corporations, I am working every day in calling for bold and transformative action to crack down on drug pricing hikes, fighting for individuals with pre-existing conditions, and ending the effort to push hard-working families into shoddy junk plans,” said Rush.
After Republicans single handedly caused premium hikes of an average of 37 percent across the nation in 2018, their reprehensible sabotage campaign is now set to hit Illinois families in 2019.  The district-by-district CAP report is staggering and the assault on Americans’ health care will send premium costs through the roof for residents in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois:
  • A family of four will see an annual marketplace premium that is $3,300 higher.
  • A 55-year-old couple will see an annual premium $3,630 higher, on average.
  • An unsubsidized 40-year-old will pay an annual extra $1,040, on average.
“Make no mistake: Illinoisans health care will never be safe as long as Republicans control Washington.  Democrats know that the American people deserve A Better Deal on health care and I will continue to work with my colleagues on solutions that put the middle-class first and safeguard the health care of those in the 1st Congressional District of Illinois and across this great nation.”