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Congressman Mike Quigley

Representing the 5th District of Illinois

Health Care

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 Parenthoodcommunity 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.

More on Health Care

Oct 22, 2009 Press Release
Congressman Quigley introduced a resolution supporting the "Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights".
Sep 10, 2009 E-Newsletters
Along with many of you tuning in from home, I had the privilege of watching President Obama address the Joint Congress last night to lay out our plan for providing quality, affordable health care to all Americans.If you missed the speech, you can read it here, but the heart of a complicated plan is actually quite simple: stability, ability, and responsibility. We will provide stability for Americans who already have health insurance, the ability to get coverage for those who dont, while taking responsibility for our future, by reining in costs that are quickly spinning out of control, threatening to bankrupt families and businesses.Im writing today to thank you for your thoughts and let you know that I keep them with me in Washington and have passed them along to my colleagues and leadership.Over 3,500 of you took our Health Care Survey. Your overwhelming response was very helpful in understanding how this issue is affecting you and your families personally. I listened closely to the 20% of you who said you didnt have insurance and were scared of getting sick or were postponing care because you couldnt afford it.Sending a strong signal that the status quo isnt working, nearly 90% of you said our health care system needs reform now.85% wanted Congress to prohibit insurance companies from not offering coverage to people with preexisting conditions.65% of respondents said they supported a public option that would allow you to keep your current private plan and doctor if youre happy (and 50% said you were).And thats just what were going to continue fighting for.As a parent, something the President said last night particularly struck me, and maybe it reached you too. He was relaying the words of Ted Kennedy, saying that the late Senator "was able to imagine what it must be like for those without insurance, what it would be like to have to say to a wife or a child or an aging parent, there is something that could make you better, but I just can't afford it."Thank you for your thoughts, and I hope you will continue to share them with me as I will continue to fight for you.If I can ever be of assistance, please feel free to contact me at my offices listed below. I look forward to staying in touch.Sincerely,Mike Quigley
Sep 9, 2009 Speeches
Congressman Quigley spoke on the House floor, urging his fellow members to vote to reauthorize the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Act which provides care to over a half million victims of AIDS each year.
Aug 24, 2009 E-Newsletters
As you are no doubt aware, the health care debate has reached a fever-pitch across the country. Ive been hearing from a lot of you who share my concerns and commitment to taking action now, and I appreciate you communicating your thoughts with me.Please take our health care survey by clicking here.There have been several unproductive attempts to blur this conversation on TV and online, but I want you to know that Im listening to you. Thats my job. No matter what your opinion on how to fix the status quo, the facts of the underlying problem remain the same:There are over 45 million Americans without health insurance. There are 25 million more who are underinsured. In our 5th district alone, 139,000 people dont have health insurance. Thats 21% of our neighbors.Health costs are skyrocketing at a rate 3-times faster than wages, and theres no end in sight. We need to take action, and I look forward to working with my colleagues in Congress to achieve a final bill that reflects the needs of the people of Illinois 5th District.Im working toward health care reform that:Provides a high-quality, low-cost public insurance optionAllows you to keep your coverage and doctor if you like themIncludes significant, long-term cost-cutting mechanismsEliminates co-pays for preventative careCloses the Medicare drug doughnut hole to make prescriptions affordable for seniors.Invests in primary care physicians and preventative care proven to lower costsProtects a womans right to be able to afford to choosePuts the focus where it belongs on quality of care, not quantity of careHolds the insurance companies accountable and ensures they no longer:oDiscriminate for pre-existing conditions or genderoDrop your coverage because you get sick or become pregnantoCap yearly or lifetime coverageoCharge excessive out-of-pocket expenses, deductibles, or co-paysoGet between decisions made between you and your doctoroIncentivize their employees to reject claimsoDoes not tax employer-provided benefitsoContains provisions that are sensitive to small businesses, helping them to provide coverage to their workers.What do you think? As your representative in Congress, I want to hear your thoughts on important issues like this.Please share with me your opinions on healthcare by clicking here and taking a short survey.Also, please don't forget to sign up for our e-newsletter to continue to receive updates like this one, and please contact my office with any questions or for assistance.We're here to serve and represent you, and I look forward to staying in touch.
Aug 20, 2009 Press Release
There are over 45 million Americans without health insurance. There are 25 million more who are underinsured. In our 5th District alone, 139,000 people don't have health insurance.