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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

September 14, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today signed a resolution reaffirming his support for protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. H.Res. 1066 expresses that protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions should be retained in law, regardless of any future changes to the Affordable Care Act or any court rulings that could impact access to coverage.
August 7, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today hosted members of his opioid task force at his office in O’Fallon to discuss local efforts to fight the opioid epidemic ravaging our communities. Bost provided an update on legislative efforts in Congress and received feedback from law enforcement, recovery treatment experts, and representatives from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
June 26, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) Monday night voted with a bipartisan majority of his colleagues in the House of Representatives to pass the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act (H.R. 299). H.R. 299 expands benefits for Vietnam Blue Water Navy veterans who are currently suffering from diseases they developed as a result of their service. Specifically, the bill enables veterans who served in the territorial seas of Vietnam during the Vietnam War to receive expedited consideration for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits if they suffer from diseases the U.S. Government has linked to Agent Orange.
June 14, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) voted this week for a series of House bills to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis devastating parts of Southern Illinois and other rural communities across America. In rallying bipartisan support for the legislation, Bost shared the story of Charles “Chaz” Karidis, a 23-year old Madison County resident who lost his battle with a heroin addiction in 2013, and his mother, Kari, who turned the family’s tragedy into a mission to help families and friends of people suffering from addiction.
May 24, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today cosponsored a package of bipartisan bills to help stem the tide of the opioid crisis that is devastating parts of Southern Illinois and other rural communities across America. The legislation includes measures that would crack down on synthetic drug trafficking and bolster drug prevention, treatment and recovery efforts
March 26, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) was given the Guardian of Seniors' Rights award from the 60 Plus Association for his commitment to the elderly. On behalf of the American Association of Senior Citizens, 60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin was on hand at an event in the Nation’s Capital to present Representative Bost with the award.
January 24, 2018 Press Release
House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Chairman Jack Bergman (R-MI) and Representative Mike Bost (R-IL) called on U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs Secretary David Shulkin to make changes in the Human Resources department at the Marion VA Medical Center.
January 20, 2018 Press Release
Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today released a statement urging Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to re-open the government by supporting the House-passed funding bill. The Illinois senators supported a filibuster late last night that led to the government shutting down.
January 19, 2018 Press Release
Members of the Illinois Congressional Delegation today released a statement urging Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth to end their filibuster threat and allow a vote on the funding bill passed by the House last night.
November 30, 2017 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today led a group of over 20 members in sending a letter urging Speaker Paul D. Ryan to incorporate language to repeal the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) into must-pass legislation by the end of the year.