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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

Feb 12, 2018 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - As expected, President Trump’s budget proposes to follow up massive Republican tax cuts for the wealthy with cuts to Medicare, Medicaid, science, and education, while wasting countless taxpayer dollars on his wall with Mexico and unchecked military spending. 

Dec 20, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) urged the director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to retract any order that bans the use of particular words or phrases by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in budget requests. The letter was signed by 73 Members of Congress.

Dec 7, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - This resolution is yet another last minute stopgap measure that fails to provide solutions that hardworking Americans need from the people who represent them. We still have a long list of priorities to resolve. Congress has not voted on the DREAM Act to allow individuals who were brought to the United States through no fault of their own to stay in the country. We need to provide funding to combat the opioid and heroin crisis, and we need to stabilize health care marketplaces so that premiums do not skyrocket.

Dec 4, 2017 In The News

Speaking Monday in Aurora, U.S. Rep.

Oct 13, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - For seven years, the Republican Party promised us a better health care plan with lower costs and better coverage. When they failed to live up to their promises, all that President Trump could deliver was a cruel slap in the face to millions of Americans who depend on these payments for lifesaving care. It is blatantly wrong to punish the American people just because the Republicans who control Congress failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.

Sep 28, 2017 In The News

For Batavia veteran Larry Orsborn, attending the wellness fair in Aurora Thursday for veterans was the "right thing to do."

"Unfortunately there are not a lot of 'outside' people who know as much about the resources available as the people that are here do," Orsborn said.

Sep 21, 2017 In The News

Illinois Democrats in Congress expressed outrage over the 

Aug 23, 2017 In The News

JOLIET – It’s time we stop naming substance users as addicts, Will County Director of Substance Use Initiatives Dr. Kathleen Burke said.
“I want to ask everyone today to stop using the word ‘addict’ because it’s derogatory and it stigmatizes,” Burke said Wednesday. “People have a medical disease. It’s a substance use disorder. ‘Substance users’ is what I try to say.”

Aug 22, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) led a letter to President Trump with Rep. Evan Jenkins (R-WV), Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), and Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA), urging him to implement the recommendations of the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis. It was signed by 52 Members of Congress.

Jul 28, 2017 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) issued the following statement on the failure of the skinny repeal in the Senate:

“This result is what happens when you try to pass unpopular legislation behind closed doors with no public transparency,” Foster said. “It’s also what happens when you try to take away health care from millions of hardworking Americans. I hope that Republicans will now work together with Democrats to strengthen the Affordable Care Act and cease their efforts to sabotage it.”