Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Remarks at Press Conference Unveiling New Report on Illinoisans in Danger of Losing Health Care

Sep 17, 2018
Press Release

CHICAGO — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following remarks at a press conference to unveil a report on Illinoisans in danger of losing health care because of Republican attacks on the Affordable Care Act:

Rush Remarks as Prepared for Delivery:

"Good afternoon and thank you all for joining us today to discuss the Trump Administration’s continued attacks on hard-working Americans with pre-existing conditions.


"This is issue impacts nearly 5 million Illinois residents — with over one quarter of a million of those living right here in Cook County — whose access to health care is threatened.

"We have had enough of the Republicans’ relentless and cruel way of governing and will not stand by and watch them rip away health care — especially from our most vulnerable Americans.

"I am proud to stand with my Democratic colleagues:

  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky
  • Congressman Danny Davis
  • Congressman Mike Quigley
  • Congresswoman Robin Kelly
  • Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi

"We are committed to fighting against the GOP’s sabotage of Americans’ health care.

"I am also glad to stand with Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle.

"And brave Illinoisans like Jeremy Wechsler — who are bearing the brunt of the unprecedented attacks on our health care from Washington Republicans and the Trump Administration — but are not afraid to speak out.

"Republicans are taking every opportunity to make health care worse in America.

"They have voted multiple times to take away protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and since they failed in Congress, they are using the courts to take away those protections too.

"Their vicious assault on hard-working Americans puts 130 million Americans with pre-existing conditions in dire peril.

"They are putting Americans with health conditions such as asthma, diabetes, cancer, and mental illness at great risk.

"This is all while report after report shows the incredible level of damage their sabotage campaign will do to Americans in every Congressional district.

"Our constituents are in Republican crosshairs and we will not stand by and watch them be denied coverage."