I believe adequate health care should be a right for every American. Health care is an issue that concerns every one of us, regardless of what we look like or where we come from. We all want what is best for the health and well-being of ourselves and our families. I was proud to vote for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2010. Since its enactment, the law has given millions of Americans access to health care coverage. Thanks to the ACA, insurance companies can no longer deny coverage based on pre-existing conditions, young people can stay on their parents’ health plan until they turn 26, and all insurance plans must cover health care basics like emergency room visits, hospital stays, and prescription drugs. No law is ever perfect, and now we need to work together in a bipartisan way to strengthen and improve the Affordable Care Act.
My Work on Health Care
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a Republican challenge to the Affordable Care Act:
“Once again, the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act as the law of the land. After a decade of Republican efforts to dismantle the ACA, today’s ruling is a victory for tens of millions of Americans who are able to access lifesaving health care coverage because of the ACA’s protections.
Washington, D.C. – Last week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) introduced the Pandemic Leave Extension Act. The legislation would extend the paid leave temporary requirement included in the overwhelmingly bipartisan Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) through the end of the COVID-19 pandemic as determined by the end of the public health emergency declared by the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) announced support for 10 community projects in the 11th Congressional District as part of the House Appropriations Committee’s new Community Projects Funding (CPF) program. For FY2022, the House Appropriations Committee has allowed Members of Congress to request direct funding for projects that benefit the communities they represent.
Washington, D.C. – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Biden addressed a Joint Session of Congress:
“Tonight, President Biden laid out a bold plan to overcome this pandemic and build back an economy that is stronger and more equitable for all Americans.
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after final House passage of H.R. 1319, the American Rescue Plan, which now heads to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law:
Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the U.S. COVID-19 death toll passing 500,000 people:
“The magnitude of the loss of life our nation has endured over the past 12 months is immense, and we stand with everyone who is mourning the death of a loved one - including over 22,000 in Illinois alone.
As Sen. Dick Durbin readies for a historic role as chairman of the powerful Judiciary Committee, members of Congress from the suburbs are dusting off bills on climate change and cheaper prescription drugs with the White House and Senate changing from Republican to Democratic hands.
Coronavirus has killed more than 400,000 people in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The U.S. reached the grim milestone Tuesday, almost one year since the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country and a little over a month after passing 300,000 coronavirus deaths on Dec. 14, The New York Times reported.
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris were sworn into office:
Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the emergency relief package announced by President-elect Joe Biden:
"It's clear President-elect Biden will waste no time delivering additional crucial economic relief for the American people and launching a comprehensive plan for efficient vaccine distribution so we can finally defeat this pandemic.