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Health Care

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

Jun 30, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) voted to build on the Affordable Care Act to lower health costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans by joining House Democrats to pass the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Enhancement Act. The vote comes days after the Trump Administration filed a brief asking the Supreme Court to strike down the entirety of the ACA. 

Jun 29, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in June Medical Services v. Russo, striking down a Louisiana law restricting access to abortion clinics:

“Today, the Supreme Court struck down a blatant attempt to undermine a woman's right to control her reproductive health – a major victory for everyone who has been fighting to protect reproductive rights and access to safe abortion care for all women.

May 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after it was reported that the U.S. COVID-19 death toll surpassed 100,000 people:

May 15, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act:

“I voted for the Heroes Act because it’s crucial that we deliver more economic relief to hard working Americans, and that we provide much needed funding for states like Illinois and communities like those in the 11th District that are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis.

Apr 21, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Yesterday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) and Congresswoman Donna Shalala (D-FL) led a letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration urging them to speed up the evaluation and approval process for a COVID-19 vaccine, and to prepare for a more rapid deployment to the public. The letter was signed by 35 Members of Congress.

Apr 2, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – This week, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL), Congressman Ami Bera (D-CA), and Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL) led a bipartisan letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA) in support of their efforts to encourage innovation in COVID-19 testing, and urging them to rapidly deploy COVID-19 antibody tests that have met accuracy and safety standards as rapidly and widely as possible.

Mar 27, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the House of Representatives passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act:

“I traveled to Washington, D.C. today to help make sure this third coronavirus response package passed, and I am glad that Congress continues to enact strong, bipartisan relief measures to help the American people in the midst of this unprecedented crisis.

Mar 20, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to Governor Pritzker’s statewide “stay-at-home” order amid the COVID-19 pandemic:

Mar 14, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement after the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic:

“I voted for this legislation because our nation is facing a public health emergency and the government has a duty to do all that it can to support the well-being of the American people.

Feb 4, 2020 Press Release

Washington, DC – Tonight, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement in response to President Trump’s State of the Union address:

“As expected, President Trump continues to try and take credit for the Obama economic recovery. The fact is that both job growth and economic growth are slower under President Trump than under President Obama. Under Obama, the stock market tripled, and unemployment was cut in half – President Trump hasn’t come close to matching that record.