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Congressman Mike Bost

Representing the 12th District of Illinois

Health Care

The United States has one of the best health care systems in the world.  Our nation is a leader in the research and development of newer and more effective treatments and cures for a host of medical conditions that not only extend, but improve the quality of life for patients.  In fact, some of these new treatments have their origins right here in Illinois.

However, despite these virtues, far too many Americans have trouble affording and accessing quality care.  Others struggle with escalating health insurance premiums and other costs that impose economic hardships they cannot afford. 

Unfortunately, Obamacare failed to address these challenges, and in many ways made them worse.  For example:

  1. Obamacare imposes substantial new taxes and other government dictates on American workers and small businesses which hurts affordability and job creation;

  2. Obamacare empowers a board of unelected bureaucrats to make healthcare decisions best left to patients and doctors;

  3. Obamacare has caused millions of Americans to lose their health insurance plans and then forced them to buy policies that cost more and do less;

  4. Obamacare cuts $700 billion in funding for Medicare, jeopardizing care for seniors while adding hundreds of billions of dollars to the deficit and debt, among other problems.

This is why I will continue to support policies to repeal Obamacare and replace it with fiscally-responsible patient-centric reforms that help reduce costs without sacrificing access to care.

My Efforts to Improve Southern Illinois Health Care

  1. Voted to repeal Obamacare

  2. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to eliminate Obamacare’s unelected board of bureaucrats and strip their power to determine how physicians care for seniors;

  3. Cosponsored and Voted for the 21st Century Cures Act to increase federal investments in disease research and streamline the regulatory process for approving newer and more effective medical treatments and devices;

  4. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to Eliminate Obamacare’s Tax on life saving and improving medical devices

  5. Cosponsored and Voted for legislation to repeal Obamacare’s job killing mandate on small business;

  6. Voted for Legislation Fixing Medicare’s flawed physician payment system to protect senior’s access to physicians;

  7. Cosponsored legislation to eliminate burdensome bureaucratic red tape on small, rural hospitals

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More on Health Care

March 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) released the following statement regarding the decision to postpone a vote on the American Health Care Act in Congress:
March 22, 2017 Press Release
In response to concerns regarding the way in which Illinois’ per capita allotment of Medicaid funds would be calculated under the American Health Care Act, Republican Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation released the following statement:
March 17, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost is seeking input from residents of Southern Illinois as Congress moves forward in crafting a health care reform package. He has created a forum at http://bost.house.gov/yourstory for constituents to share their testimonials of how they have been affected by the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as Obamacare.
March 15, 2017 In The News

As U.S. Rep. Mike Bost began speaking to constituents who signed up to receive a phone call from him Wednesday night, he said he wanted to hear whether people agreed with him or not.

“I don’t shy away from tough questions,” Bost said. “I’ll take as many challenging questions” during the hourlong telephone town hall.

March 7, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, released this statement on the introduction of the American Health Care Act.

 

February 28, 2017 In The News

U.S. Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, released a statement after President Donald J. Trump addressed a joint session of Congress.

February 24, 2017 In The News

CARBONDALE — In the best interest of working through such issues as reforming the Affordable Care Act, U.S. Rep. Mike Bost said he met this week with representatives from local hospitals and smaller groups of constituents in order to gain insight on that issue and others.

January 27, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus, today participated in the 2017 March for Life. The mission of the March for Life is to provide all Americans with a place to testify to the beauty of life and the dignity of each human person on the anniversary of legalized abortion in the United States.
January 24, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today unveiled bipartisan legislation, the Requiring Accountability and Inspections for Dining Service (RAID) Act, to ensure veterans are served safe meals at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals.
January 20, 2017 In The News

WASHINGTON -- Southern Illinois Congressman Mike Bost, of Murphysboro, says he is ready to work with incoming president Donald Trump on reforming healthcare, among other issues.

Bost specifically wants to work with the incoming president on infrastructure investments, curbing executive powers and repealing and replacing the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare. 

Bost says under Obamacare, people in some of southern Illinois only have one option for a healthcare provider.