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the Republican health care plan and how dangerous it would be for millions of Americans if the Affordable Care Act was repealed.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

Jun 16, 2016 In the News
Ramon Gardenhire remembers being in law school at Wayne State University in Detroit and trying to give blood for the first time. He went with a group of friends and sat down with the screener. "She was going through all the list of questions when she asked, 'Have you had sex with any men since 1978?'" Gardenhire says. After joking about how that was the year he was born, Gardenhire told her yes, he had, publicly revealing his status as a gay man.
Jun 14, 2016 In the News
When news broke early Sunday morning of a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, that killed 50 people and left over 50 critically injured, residents of the city began lining up in droves to offer their support at local blood banks. But the community hit hardest by the tragedy—gay men—was left feeling powerless because of a ban enacted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration more than 30 years ago that prevents gay men and men who have sex with men (MSM) from donating blood.
Jun 14, 2016 Press Release
U.S. Representatives Mike Quigley (IL-05), Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus, Barbara Lee (CA-13), Jared Polis (CO-02), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23), Diana DeGette (CO-01), Xavier Becerra (CA-34), and Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18), along with David Stacy, Government Affairs Director at Human Rights Campaign (HRC), called on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Robert M. Califf to end the discriminatory blood donation deferral policy for men who have sex with men (MSM) once and for all. The current policy for MSM requires a 12-month deferral, or celibacy, period before being able to donate blood.
Jun 14, 2016 In the News
House Democrats are encouraging the Food and Drug Administration to reverse course on a rule that bars many gay men from donating blood and shift toward more rigorous testing for all potential donors.
Jun 13, 2016 In the News
Congressional Democrats on Monday urged the removal of U.S. restrictions on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, calling the policy unwarranted in the aftermath of Sunday's shooting rampage at a gay nightclub in Florida.

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