Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Representing the 17th District of Illinois
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Health Care

Lowering Health Care Costs

Health care is a deeply personal issue to me.

My sister-in-law, Barb, died several years ago without health insurance. Barb and her husband both worked full-time, but they couldn’t afford health insurance and when she got sick, she couldn’t afford the most effective cancer treatment she needed to survive.

Even those who can afford insurance are not immune to the extremely high costs of operations and prescription medications.  A few months after my sister-in-law passed away, my brother Danny died, leaving behind a wife and two daughters.  His insurance would not cover his cancer treatment because an experimental drug was required.  I support legislation that will help more families afford quality health care and that makes sure no families have to go through the suffering my family did.

The Affordable Care Act is not perfect, but it makes real improvements in our health care system.  It lowers costs for small business owners, prevents insurance companies from denying people with pre-existing conditions coverage and allows children to stay on their parents’ health insurance for longer.  It also lowers prescription drug costs for many of our seniors.

Because of these improvements, I will oppose any attempts to repeal these needed reforms.

Now, we need to fix what does not work and work together to find cost-lowering improvements that do not harm patient choice or quality.  This means modernizing health care delivery to reduce bureaucracy and administrative spending, while reducing medical errors.  We can save money and more importantly, save lives by taking these common sense steps.

More on Health Care

Mar 27, 2014
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos joined with Reps. Esty, DeGette, Schakowsky, Ruiz, and Bishop to introduce the Protecting Children from Electronic Cigarette Advertising Act to prohibit the advertising of dangerous and addictive e-cigarettes to children.
Dec 13, 2013
Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) partnered with Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1) to introduce the Coverage Protection Act.
Dec 13, 2013
Rep. Cheri Bustos has introduced a bill to give people who tried to sign up for health insurance coverage but failed retroactive coverage if they meet certain conditions.
Nov 14, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos released the following statement after President Obama announced that people recently notified that they would have to change their health insurance plans due to the Affordable Care Act implementation may now have the option to retain that coverage.
Sep 27, 2013
Here you can learn about the many benefits of ACA and how you can take advantage of them. Whether you have insurance or need insurance, if you're a small business or a health care provider, ACA will have benefits for you.
Sep 16, 2013
Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos announced a $150,000 grant for rural health care in Knox County.