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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. 

Rep. Quigley voted against the GOP Heatlhcare bill, AHCA, which repeals the Affordable Care Act. 

 

Rep. Mike Quigley spoke on CNN about the Republican health care plan and how dangerous it would be for millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.

Rep. Mike 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. Mike Quigley joined over 50 of his colleagues to urge the President to lead an international response to combat the spread of the Zika virus.

More on Health Care

Jan 13, 2017 In the News
After being turned away when he wanted to donate blood, an LGBT activist documented his efforts to meet the new requirements to give blood as a gay man, including abstaining from sexual relations for a year. On Tuesday, Jay Franzone, 21, gave blood for the first time since he announced his protest against what he and other critics say are regulations that unfairly stigmatize and limit gay men. Franzone, a recent college graduate, has previously participated in protests against the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) policy as part of the National Gay Blood Drive. He has been widely interviewed during his year of protest.
Jan 6, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) released the following statement on the release of a new Commonwealth Fund and Milken Institute School of Public Health report, detailing economic and employment consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act:
Jan 4, 2017 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor about the importance of preserving the Affordable Care Act for Chicagoans and Americans that rely on the healthcare law for quality, affordable care.
Jan 3, 2017 In the News
As Senate Republicans take steps to repeal Obamacare, one Illinois congressman hopes they won’t scrap the whole thing.
Dec 6, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) spoke on the House Floor about the Surgeon General’s new report, which further highlights the need for Congress to take immediate and substantive action to combat the growing addiction crisis in our country.

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