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), a member of the House Committee on Appropriations, helped secure more than $3 billion in funding that will go towards accelerating the pace of scientific breakthroughs for diseases such as ALS, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer. This funding was included in the fiscal year 2022 Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (L-HHS) bill, which was approved by the House Committee on Appropriations today.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government, and Representative Jeff Fortenberry (NE-01), Ranking Member, House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food and Drug Administration (FDA), with Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), co-chair of the Senate ALS Caucus, and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), re-introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act (ACT for ALS).
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) announced his support for the Medicare for All Act of 2021, legislation that would guarantee health care to everyone in America. Endorsed by 300 local, state, and national organizations and co-sponsored by more than half of the House Democratic Caucus including 14 committee chairs and key leadership Members, the landmark bill provides comprehensive benefits to all with no copays, private insurance premiums, deductibles, or other cost-sharing.
As the global pandemic continues, millions of Americans are facing new health concerns and also remain underinsured or uninsured and still need affordable health coverage. Thats why President Joe Biden signed an executive order calling for a Special Enrollment Period so you and your families can apply and enroll in the coverage you need.
Beginning today, February 15, 2021, through August 15, 2021, you can purchase, change, or renew your health care plans under the Affordable Care Act for coverage starting on the 1st of the next month.
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement after Joe Biden signed more than a dozen executive orders to confront the coronavirus pandemic head-on, lead the fight against the climate crisis, and rollback President Trump’s most harmful policies:
“When President Biden said, ‘help is on the way,’ he meant it. The Biden administration wasted no time getting to work for the American people and providing our nation with much-needed leadership.