In his effort to enact health care reform in 1912, President Theodore Roosevelt described the importance of health care best when he said, “No country can be strong if its people are sick and poor.” These sentiments ring as true today as they did then. Health care is an essential right, and a healthy America is a more productive, safer and better place to call home.
I was proud that one of my earliest votes in Congress was for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) because it ensures that millions of Americans have access to affordable, quality health care. In light of the House vote in favor of the American Health Care Act, I will continue to fight—through the appropriations process and otherwise—to protect Americans with preexisting conditions and ensuring quality, affordable care for all. As a member of the House Appropriations Committee, I have fought to fund some of the Fifth District’s most important health programs like Planned Parenthood, community health centers and HIV prevention. I’ve worked to advance critical research and development and fully fund the National Institutes for Health (NIH), which supports groundbreaking developments in cancer, heart disease, Alzheimer’s, and countless other conditions.
Unfortunately, Republicans in the White House and in Congress put politics over people by pursuing a bill that will cause tens of millions of Americans to lose coverage. Quality, affordable care is a right for all, including for our seniors and those with pre-existing conditions who will now be forced to pay considerably higher out-of-pocket costs under this bill. The American people have made their voices clear in strong opposition to this dangerous legislation. They want us to improve and strengthen Affordable Care Act, not destroy it.
To combat partisan efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Quigley spearheaded efforts by Illinois health care advocates to raise awareness about the Open Enrollment period.
Rep. Quigley spoke on the House Floor and urged his colleagues to vote against the Affordable Care Act repeal and maintain critical coverage for millions of Americans.
Rep. Quigley has held events throughout the Fifth District to discuss the Affordable Care Act with constituents, health care professionals, and advocates.
The opioid epidemic touches us all in some way. Rep. Quigley has met with patients, doctors, advocates, and experts to determine what are the best approaches to addressing this crisis.
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Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee, released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed legislation to provide relief to American families amidst the ongoing COVID-19 and economic crises:
As Thanksgiving approaches, I am writing to you about the difficult decisions we all find ourselves facing.
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U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL) and Fred Upton (R-MI), today introduced a bipartisan bill, the Preventing Future Pandemics Act, which would direct the State Department to work with international partners to shut down commercial wildlife markets, end the trade in live wildlife for human consumption and stop the associated wildlife trade, end the import, export, and sale of live wildlife for human consumption in the United States, and phase out demand for wildlife as a food source.
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice-Chair of the LGBT Equality Caucus, and Val Demings (FL-10) introduced the Science in Blood Donation Act of 2020, which would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to revise its outdated blood donation guidance. The legislation would specifically require the FDA to update its Guidance on Reducing the Risk of Human Immunodeficiency Virus Transmission (HIV) by Blood and Blood Products based on an assessment of current testing accuracy and individual risk-based analysis.