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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

July 17, 2019 Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Bost today voted for the Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act (H.R. 748). This legislation, which Bost cosponsored, repeals the Obamacare 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans, known as the “Cadillac Tax.” The bill passed the House by a vote of 419-6 and now heads to the Senate for consideration.

April 2, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today signed a discharge petition, a procedural motion, that would bring the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962) to the House floor for a vote. H.R. 962 requires appropriate medical care for children who survive abortion procedures. The bill also imposes strong criminal penalties for failure to provide such care—while also protecting women upon whom abortions have been performed from prosecution.
March 27, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today introduced the bipartisan VA COST SAVINGS Enhancement Act, which will save the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) tens of millions of dollars annually and improve care for our veterans. The legislation requires the VA to install on-site medical waste treatment systems in VA facilities where it is determined this will result in a cost-savings within 5 years.
March 26, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12), chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Caucus, announced he will co-sponsor the bipartisan Never Forget the Heroes: Permanent Authorization of the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund Act (H.R. 1327). The legislation would ensure that all 9/11 first responders and survivors who have been injured by the toxins at Ground Zero and have certified 9/11 illnesses would receive their full compensation through the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund (VCF). The bill would also close the funding gap recently announced by the VCF Special Master.
March 11, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today demanded that Rep. Ann Wagner's (MO-2) Born Alive Survivors Protection Act be brought to the floor for a vote. Rep. Bost, a cosponsor of the bill, asked for unanimous consent for the legislation to be considered. His request was immediately refused with no explanation provided by the majority. This is the 16th time House Democrats have blocked consideration of the Born Alive Survivors Protection Act.
March 5, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today voted with a majority of his colleagues in the House to pass the bipartisan Burn Pit Registry Enhancement Act. This legislation will strengthen and enhance the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) registry of service members and veterans who were exposed to toxic chemicals and fumes from open-air burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan.
February 26, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (R-IL), a member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, today unveiled bipartisan legislation, the VA Health Center Management Stability and Improvement Act, to address the growing problem of VA medical centers operating without permanent directors. Bost introduced the bill along with U.S. Representative Jim Costa (D-CA).
February 6, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced he will cosponsor the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (H.R. 962), which requires appropriate medical care for children who survive abortion procedures. The bill also imposes strong criminal penalties for failure to provide such care—while also protecting women upon whom abortions have been performed from prosecution.
January 28, 2019 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost today announced he will cosponsor legislation (H.R. 748) to repeal a 40% excise tax on certain employer-sponsored health insurance plans, known as the “Cadillac Tax.” The tax would impact employers and families whose health insurance plans cost more than $11,100 for an individual, and $29,750 for family coverage. The “Cadillac Tax” was originally a provision in Obamacare, but implementation has been delayed numerous times by bipartisan coalitions in Congress, most recently to 2022.
October 24, 2018 Press Release
U.S. Representative Mike Bost (IL-12) today released the following statement after President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) Act to fight the opioid epidemic: