Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush: Illinois to Lose $3.2 Billion in Federal Funding Under TrumpCare

Mar 9, 2017
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, the House Energy & Commerce Committee passed the Republican’s “Pay More for Less” repeal bill. U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) reacted strongly to the GOP’s latest offensive on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that will render millions of Americans without medical coverage. Illinois ranks number 48 in receiving Medicaid matching funds, with more than 212,022 enrollees in the 1st Congressional District alone.

“This draconian effort by the Republicans has a long way to go before this becomes law of the land,” Rush said. “Although ‘Pay More For Less’ passed the Energy and Commerce Committee (and will likely get through the Budget Committee), this assault on American health care will face a difficult challenge when it reaches the full House of Representatives.

“The American people will not sit by and have their rights reduced while the wealthy secure increases,” said Rush. “Elimination of the Medicaid expansion will strip medical coverage from 637,056 Illinoisans and $3.2 billion in federal Medicaid funding from the State of Illinois. Abolishing the Medicaid expansion will prevent 55,000 of my constituents from accessing affordable health care and will have a detrimental impact on them and our society as a whole. These once-again newly uninsured individuals will be forced to rely on the already overburdened community health centers and other public health providers where the cost will ultimately be borne by every other American.

“I will stand in opposition of any legislation that punishes poor people, the elderly, the disabled, women and children. I’ve spent my entire life fighting for the least of these to receive quality health care and I don’t intend to stop fighting now,” Rush said.