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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

Aug 21, 2017 In the News
Rep. Quigley joined Politics Tonight to discuss the war in Afghanistan, tax reform, and Republicans' attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
Aug 8, 2017 Press Release
In response to Republicans’ misguided attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, Rep. Quigley spoke with several of his constituents, including Diana, who have benefited from the historic law.
Jul 28, 2017 Press Release
Rep. Quigley released the following statement on last night’s health care vote.
Jul 28, 2017 In the News
“It needs fixing and that’s out task. I do believe there is a middle ground to move forward to make sure people have healthcare and we do the right thing to save the public money as well,” said Rep. Quigley.
Jul 26, 2017 In the News
Illinois U.S. Rep. Mike Quigley and 32 colleagues, on July 19, sent a letter to the federal Food and Drug Administration urging officials to further update decades-old rules restricting blood donations from men who have sex with men, according to a statement.

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