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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the Republican health care plan and how dangerous it would be for millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.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

Sep 29, 2016 Editorials
Currently, the VA provides many services for transgender veterans, including hormone therapy, mental health care, preoperative evaluation, and long-term care following gender-confirmation surgery, but gender-confirmation surgery itself is noticeably missing from the list.
Sep 22, 2016 Speeches
U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05) discussed the progress we have made since the Affordable Care Act was inacted in 2010 and how Congress needs to work together to tweak and fix parts of the law to ensure its success in the future.
Sep 19, 2016 Press Release
Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the Congressional Pro-Choice Caucus, visited a Planned Parenthood health center in the Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago.
Sep 14, 2016 In the News
In a letter to Secretary Robert McDonald, Members of Congress urged the Veterans Administration to repeal an outdated and unlawful regulation that bans all transition-related surgeries for transgender veterans. While the VA has taken some important steps to improve health care for transgender veterans in recent years, the complete ban on surgical care violates the Affordable Care Act’s prohibition on gender-based discrimination. The VA announced in June it was considering changing the ban, acknowledging it flies in the face of current medical science, but has not yet formally started the process of repealing it.
Aug 26, 2016 Editorials
Today, August 26, we celebrate Women’s Equality Day - a day to commemorate the 1920 ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, granting women the right to vote. As the father of two daughters, the ongoing struggle for women’s equality is very personal for me. That’s why it has been an honor during my time in Congress to support women’s rights by advocating for reproductive rights, equal pay, access to paid maternity leave and quality child care.

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