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) sent a letter to Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Chad Wolf calling for the release of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers currently detained in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities. Quigley has previously called for the release of LGBTQ+ detainees due to the continued inability of ICE to properly care for these individuals. His current letter criticizes their failure to act and again calls for the release of detainees in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic.
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (D-IL), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Chris Pappas (D-NH), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Deb Haaland (D-NM), and Katherine Clark (D-MA) introduced a resolution underscoring the need for policies governing blood and blood product donation to be grounded in science and based on individual risk factors that do not unfairly single out any group of individuals so that all those who can safely donate are able to do so.
Today, U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05) and Jeff Fortenberry introduced the bipartisan Accelerating Access to Critical Therapies for ALS Act. This legislation would create the infrastructure necessary to fund early access to promising clinical trial therapies for patients suffering from fast-progressing neurodegenerative and terminal diseases, including ALS.
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley introduced a resolution calling for the month of May to be designated as National Brain Tumor Awareness Month. Brain tumors are the leading cause of death from cancer in children, and nearly 18,000 American lives were claimed last year alone. Recognizing May as National Brain Tumor Awareness Month increases awareness around the devastating diagnosis and honors those who have battled brain tumors. Increased recognition, coupled with strong federal funding, could lead to breakthroughs in treating and diagnosing brain tumors.
Today, the Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act, passed the House of Representatives by a unanimous vote and now heads to the President’s desk for signature. This bipartisan bill is the Senate companion to U.S. Representative Mike Quigley’s bill, H.R.3735, which will establish a government data collection program to track suicides within law enforcement at the local, state, and federal level.