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Press Release: Foster Hosts Community Discussion on Health Care and the Affordable Care Act

Jul 7, 2017
Press Release

Joliet, IL - Last night, Congressman Bill Foster (D-IL) hosted a community forum to discuss the latest news about the debate over health care and the Affordable Care Act.

Over 100 people were on hand to hear from a panel of healthcare experts and concerned constituents of the 11th District.

"I was glad to see such a great number of participants who asked important questions about the future of health care. It's clear many people in our district rightly share concerns about the future of health care if the Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act," Foster said. "Nationwide, the Republican plan in the Senate would cause 22 million Americans to lose life-saving health insurance."

The panel included A.J. Wilhelmi, President of the Illinois Hospital Association; Perry Maier, Director of Open Door Health Care Center of Illinois; Courtney Hedderman, AARP Associate State Director; Dr. Kathleen Burke, Will County Director of Substance Use Initiatives; as well as a constituent from the 11th Congressional District.

In late June, Senate Republicans delayed action to repeal the Affordable Care Act when it became clear that it lacked enough support. In May, a bill to repeal the ACA narrowly passed the House.