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Pat Quinn on Health Care
Democratic Governor: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Pat Quinn on other issues.
  • Comprehensive Medicaid reform: save taxpayers $550M. (Feb 2011)
  • Independent review of denial of care by insurance companies. (Jan 2010)
  • Allow women of color & low-income access to mammograms. (Jan 2010)
  • Adopt national health reform legislation before the end of the year. (Oct 2009)
  • 3.2% funding increase for National Institutes of Health. (Apr 2010)

Senate:

IL 2014: 2014 IL Senate debate


Richard Durbin on Health Care
Democratic Sr Senator (IL): Click here for 26 full quotes OR click here for Richard Durbin on other issues.
  • AdWatch: Targeted by RNC robocalls for support of ObamaCare. (Nov 2013)
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing tribal Indians to opt out of federal healthcare. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Nov 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted NO on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Let states make bulk Rx purchases, and other innovations. (May 2003)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Sharon Hansen on Health Care
Libertarian Challenger: Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Sharon Hansen on other issues.
  • Repeal ObamaCare; it's not a government responsibility. (Sep 2014)
  • ObamaCare is a miserable failure. (Dec 2013)
  • I'd rather die than sign up for ObamaCare. (Dec 2013)
Mark Kirk on Health Care
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 25 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Repeal Obamacare, then offer a better alternative. (Oct 2010)
  • Cut waste & fraud; don't raise taxes; don't cut Medicare. (Dec 2009)
  • Effective affordable senior prescription plans. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
Jim Oberweis on Health Care
Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Jim Oberweis on other issues.
  • Repeal and replace ObamaCare; not just repeal. (Mar 2014)
  • Parent policy until age 26 good; pre-existing coverage good. (Mar 2014)
  • One-payer systems are not the answer. (Nov 2012)
  • Not a fan of ObamaCare, but it helps healthcare businesses. (Jan 2012)
Doug Truax on Health Care
Republican Senate Challenger (lost primary): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Doug Truax on other issues.
  • ObamaCare is a disaster based on ideology. (Nov 2013)
  • AdWatch: ObamaCare does more harm to middle class than good. (Nov 2013)

House:


Judy Biggert on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-13): Click here for 31 full quotes OR click here for Judy Biggert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)
Cheri Bustos on Health Care
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Cheri Bustos on other issues.
  • Keep the promise of Medicare. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
Danny Davis on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-7): Click here for 29 full quotes OR click here for Danny Davis on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Provide mental health services for older Americans. (May 2005)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Prohibit mandatory mental health screen for students. (May 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Include mental health services under Medicare. (Jun 2008)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Rodney Davis on Health Care
Republican (District 13): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Rodney Davis on other issues.
  • Fight to repeal and replace the flawed ObamaCare. (Nov 2012)
  • Supports repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports market-based health insurance. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports repealing Affordable Care Act. (Sep 2012)
Bob Dold on Health Care
Republican challenger (District 10): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Bob Dold on other issues.
  • Common-sense amendments: tort reform; cross-state markets. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
Tammy Duckworth on Health Care
Democrat (District 8): Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Tammy Duckworth on other issues.
  • Roll up my sleeves to fix the problems with ObamaCare. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
Bill Enyart on Health Care
Democrat (District 12): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Bill Enyart on other issues.
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
Bill Foster on Health Care
Democrat: Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bill Foster on other issues.
  • Health care crisis is fundamentally an affordability crisis. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (May 2013)
Luis Gutierrez on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-4): Click here for 23 full quotes OR click here for Luis Gutierrez on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a public insurance option via healthcare Exchanges. (Jan 2011)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Randy Hultgren on Health Care
Republican (District 14): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Randy Hultgren on other issues.
  • More transparency & competition; fewer lawsuits. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
Robin Kelly on Health Care
Democrat (District 2): Click here for Robin Kelly on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Adam Kinzinger on Health Care
Republican (District 16): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Adam Kinzinger on other issues.
  • Oppose ObamaCare; it does not address costs. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jun 2013)
Dan Lipinski on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-3): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Dan Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
Mike Quigley on Health Care
Democrat (District 5): Click here for 4 full quotes OR click here for Mike Quigley on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jun 2013)
Mel Reynolds on Health Care
Democratic candidate (District 2): Click here for Mel Reynolds on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Peter Roskam on Health Care
Republican: Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Peter Roskam on other issues.
  • Supports HSAs; opposes Medicare waste. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Establishment of Office of Health Care Fraud Prevention. (Oct 2009)
Bobby Rush on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-1): Click here for 22 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Rush on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 88% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Jan Schakowsky on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-9): Click here for 33 full quotes OR click here for Jan Schakowsky on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Apr 2013)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Expedited licensing for biosimilar products. (Mar 2009)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
  • Supported funding women's health needs. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding older women's health. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Prenatal and Postpartum Care. (Jul 1999)
  • Supported funding Family and Children's Coverage. (Jul 1999)
Brad Schneider on Health Care
Democrat (District 10): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Brad Schneider on other issues.
  • Make health care more affordable and easier to access. (Nov 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Oct 2012)
  • Opposes repealing ObamaCare. (Sep 2012)
Aaron Schock on Health Care
Republican (District 18): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Aaron Schock on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Sponsored merging Alzheimers diagnosis and care benefit. (Jun 2013)
John Shimkus on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-19): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for John Shimkus on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Limit anti-trust lawsuits on health plans and insurers. (Mar 2002)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Joe Walsh on Health Care
Republican (District 8): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Joe Walsh on other issues.
  • Opted out of Congress' health insurance plan. (Apr 2012)
  • Opposed to government sponsored health care system. (Feb 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Aug 2012)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)

Former candidates & officeholders:


Rod Blagojevich on Health Care
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Cover 400,000 more thru FamilyCare, KidCare, & AllKids. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Jerry Costello on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-12): Click here for 17 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Costello on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 56% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Jesse Louis Jackson on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-2): Click here for 28 full quotes OR click here for Jesse Louis Jackson on other issues.
  • Voted NO on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted NO on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Require insurers to cover breast cancer treatment. (Jan 2011)
  • Increase funding for occupational & physical therapy. (Apr 2011)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Timothy Johnson on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-15): Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Timothy Johnson on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Rated 22% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Repeal the Job-Killing Health Care Law. (Jan 2011)
Donald Manzullo on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-16): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Donald Manzullo on other issues.
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted NO on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted NO on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Remove all funding from the 2010 national healthcare law. (Jan 2011)
Bobby Schilling on Health Care
Republican challenger 2014 (District 17): Click here for 6 full quotes OR click here for Bobby Schilling on other issues.
  • Obamacare destroys greatest system of care in the world. (Nov 2010)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Voted YES on repealing the "Prevention and Public Health" slush fund. (Apr 2011)
  • Opposes government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
  • Defund, repeal, & replace federal care with free market. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
George Ryan on Health Care
Former Republican Governor (1999-2002): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for George Ryan on other issues.
  • No federal pre-emption of employee health plan regulation. (Oct 2001)
  • Maintain Medicare funding of HMO benefits. (Oct 1999)
  • Protect state tobacco settlement funds from federal seizure. (Apr 1999)
James Thompson on Health Care
Former Republican Governor (1977-1990): Click here for James Thompson on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Philip Crane on Health Care
Republican (Until 2004) (District 8): Click here for 11 full quotes OR click here for Philip Crane on other issues.
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
James Durkin on Health Care
2002 Former Republican Senate Challenger: Click here for James Durkin on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Harris Fawell on Health Care
Republican Former (1994-) (District 13): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Harris Fawell on other issues.
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Peter Fitzgerald on Health Care
Former Republican incumbent; retired 2004: Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for Peter Fitzgerald on other issues.
  • Voted YES on $40 billion per year for limited Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of Rx drugs from Canada. (Jul 2002)
  • Voted YES on allowing patients to sue HMOs & collect punitive damages. (Jun 2001)
  • Voted YES on funding GOP version of Medicare prescription drug benefit. (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on including prescription drugs under Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on limiting self-employment health deduction. (Jul 1999)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mike Flanagan on Health Care
Republican Former (1994-) (District 5): Click here for Mike Flanagan on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Denny Hastert on Health Care
Republican (Retired 2007) (District 14): Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Denny Hastert on other issues.
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Alan Keyes on Health Care
American Independent nominee for President; 2004 Republican challenger for IL Senate: Click here for 18 full quotes OR click here for Alan Keyes on other issues.
  • Euthanasia violates unalienable right to life. (Oct 2007)
  • Consumer in charge; no government-controlled health care. (Oct 2007)
  • Before bringing back family doctor, bring back the family. (Sep 2007)
  • Oppose mandated health insurance and universal coverage. (Sep 2007)
  • Protect disabled and vulnerable people like Terri Schiavo. (Sep 2007)
  • Insurance reward for avoiding tobacco, alcohol, obesity. (Sep 2007)
  • Give people generic drugs information to save their money. (Oct 2004)
  • People should take care of their own health. (Oct 2004)
  • Sensibly cap malpractice awards. (Sep 2004)
  • Health care choice will save money for long-term health care. (Jan 2000)
  • AIDS is a moral crisis based on licentious behavior. (Jan 2000)
  • Patient rights & HMO rights are not federal responsibility. (Jan 2000)
  • Allocation of research funds not a political decision. (Jan 2000)
  • Health priorities: research; cost control; moral effects. (Jan 2000)
  • Let market determine health payments, not bureaucrats. (Dec 1999)
  • Right to die usurps the Declaration and God. (Jan 1999)
  • Universal health IDís are a threat to liberty. (Jul 1998)
  • Focus on prevention and finance health care accordingly. (May 1996)
William Lipinski on Health Care
Democrat (Until 2004) (District 3): Click here for 13 full quotes OR click here for William Lipinski on other issues.
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Rated 57% by APHA, indicating a mixed record on public health issues. (Dec 2003)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Carol Moseley-Braun on Health Care
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1998): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Carol Moseley-Braun on other issues.
  • Single-payer system is the only answer. (Jan 2004)
  • Private & public healthcare are not reconcilable. (Sep 2003)
  • Single payer is only way to universal coverage. (Sep 2003)
  • Replace profit-driven system with rationalized quality care. (Sep 2003)
  • We can fund health care with no tax increase. (Sep 2003)
  • Break link between healthcare and employment. (Aug 2003)
  • Pay for universal care with money already in system. (May 2003)
  • Replace patchwork system with Medicare-modeled system. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on increasing tobacco restrictions. (Jun 1998)
  • Voted NO on Medicare means-testing. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
Barack Obama on Health Care
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008): Click here for 108 full quotes OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • An AIDS-free generation is within our reach. (Feb 2013)
  • We reduced senior Rx prices & pushed preventive care. (Oct 2012)
  • I don't think Medicare vouchers are the way to go. (Oct 2012)
  • Voucher system puts seniors at mercy of insurance companies. (Oct 2012)
  • Too many Americans skip preventive care due to cost. (Sep 2012)
  • FactCheck: ObamaCare covers only 1/2 of 30 million uninsured. (Jan 2012)
  • OpEd: Incremental plan builds on patchwork system. (Aug 2008)
  • 2003 Rx Drug Bill combined worst of public & private sectors. (Aug 2008)
  • Give more help to those denied a life of dignity & respect. (Jul 2008)
  • Address minority health needs by more coverage & targeting. (Mar 2007)
  • Allow prescription drug re-importation. (May 2004)

    AIDS

  • Advocated condom use to avoid AIDS at Saddleback Church. (Jan 2010)
  • CDC estimate: a half million would follow Obama's AIDS test. (Aug 2008)
  • Use whatever works with AIDS, including teaching abstinence. (Apr 2008)
  • We need condom distribution to deal with the scourge of AIDS. (Aug 2007)
  • Homophobia prevents talking about HIV/AIDS. (Jun 2007)
  • Got tested for AIDS, with wife, in public, in Kenya. (Jun 2007)
  • Curing AIDS must be all-hands-on-deck effort. (Mar 2007)
  • Lead global fight against AIDS. (Jul 2004)

    ObamaCare

  • FactCheck: 7M new Medicaid includes woodwork & normal churn. (Feb 2014)
  • 12 million covered; zero denied for pre-existing conditions. (Jan 2014)
  • Boards of experts identify best practices & keep costs down. (Oct 2012)
  • ObamaCare says insurance companies can't jerk you around. (Oct 2012)
  • Ignored advice to postpone reform, because it was needed. (Sep 2012)
  • They called ObamaCare "Armageddon", but no asteroids fell. (Oct 2011)
  • Repealing healthcare reform would cost $250B. (Jan 2011)
  • Medicare is major driver of our long-term liabilities. (Jan 2010)
  • Zero fines & no mandate for small business. (Oct 2008)
  • No exclusions for pre-existing conditions. (Oct 2008)
  • Health care is a right: somethingís fundamentally wrong now. (Oct 2008)
  • Ban insurance companies from discriminating against the sick. (Aug 2008)
  • Include everyone who wants insurance in national pool. (Aug 2008)
  • Iíve got a health plan and a plan to get it implemented. (Jun 2008)
  • Voluntary universal participation, like in Medicare Part B. (Feb 2008)
  • Buy private insurance via National Health Insurance Exchange. (Feb 2008)
  • Against enforcement mechanism for mandating insurance. (Jan 2008)
  • Subsidies to people who canít afford care--not single payer. (Jan 2008)
  • Problem isnít mandating coverage, but affording it. (Nov 2007)
  • Cautious incremental plan offers choice & subsidy. (Nov 2007)
  • Tackle insurance companies on reimbursement system. (Oct 2007)
  • Government healthcare like members of Congress have. (Sep 2007)
  • Morally wrong that terminally ill must consider money. (Sep 2007)
  • Increase competition in the insurance and drug markets. (Aug 2007)
  • National Health Insurance Exchange for private coverage. (Aug 2007)
  • Give people the choice to buy affordable health care. (Jun 2007)
  • Employers are going to have to pay or play. (Mar 2007)
  • The market alone canít solve our health-care woes. (Oct 2006)
  • Health care tied to balancing costs and taxes nation wide. (Jun 2006)
  • 2008: must be national system; not state-level pilots. (Oct 2005)
  • Will expand health coverage & allow meds to be re-imported. (May 2004)

    Obamacare Criticism

  • FactCheck: Some Medicare premiums went up under ObamaCare. (Jan 2014)
  • FactCheck: Yes, 9M signed up, but only 3M are newly insured. (Jan 2014)
  • Lie of the Year: 'If you like your plan, you can keep it'. (Dec 2013)
  • ObamaCare and RomneyCare both expand private insurance. (Oct 2012)
  • OpEd: ObamaCare passed by constitutionally suspect tactics. (Apr 2012)
  • 2009: Accused of "Obamunism" and "Chains We Can Believe In". (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: True cost of ObamaCare was end of bipartisanship. (Oct 2011)
  • OpEd: No authority to micromanage citizens' healthcare. (Jul 2011)
  • FactCheck: healthcare reform saves $2B to $10B, not $250B. (Jan 2011)
  • OpEd: Obama's public responsibility for health is socialism. (Nov 2010)
  • OpEd: Slices $500B from Medicare; repeals Medicare Advantage. (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: Obamacare decides when life is worth preserving. (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: authority to require private insurance purchases? (Apr 2010)
  • OpEd: ObamaCare was achieved by Cuba 50 years ago. (Mar 2010)
  • OpEd: cut $622B in Medicare despite claiming no cuts. (Mar 2010)
  • High-risk pool for uninsured, now in plan, was GOP idea. (Jan 2010)
  • Cross-state-line insurance leads to cherry-picking. (Jan 2010)
  • Tort reform only saves $5B per year; not enough to matter. (Jan 2010)
  • Didn't tackle healthcare for political benefit, it's needed. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Obama's estimate of $1T saved is closer to $132B. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Exempts small business, but no $2,500/yr savings. (Oct 2008)
  • $15B subsidies to private insurers was a lobbyist giveaway. (Sep 2008)
  • End-of-life self-medication ok; euthanasia by others not ok. (Apr 2008)
  • AdWatch: punishing uninsured families doesnít make sense. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: Yes, Obama favored single-payer, despite denial. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: OPPORTUNITY to insure all, but no GUARANTEE. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Reducing obesity would save $18B, not $1T. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: Correct that insurance lobbying cost $1B. (Sep 2007)
  • Reform failed in Ď90s because of drug company lobbying. (Jul 2007)

    Universal Coverage

  • Shifting Medicaid to states means some people don't get help. (Oct 2012)
  • Add 2,000 new primary-care residency spots. (Apr 2010)
  • 2009: Expanded SCHIP by loosening eligibility standards. (Nov 2009)
  • Reduce premiums and uninsured get same coverage as Congress. (Oct 2008)
  • When your child gets sick, you don't shop for best bargain. (Jul 2008)
  • If we started from scratch, one-payer system would be best. (Jul 2008)
  • Universal health care means anyone who wants it can get it. (Feb 2008)
  • Mandating kidsí insurance ok; mandating adults has problems. (Feb 2008)
  • Young adults up to age 25 can be covered under parentsí plan. (Feb 2008)
  • Adults will get health care as they can afford it. (Feb 2008)
  • No one turned away due to illness or pre-existing condition. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: Pressure insurance & drug companies to change. (Jan 2008)
  • Being poor in this country is hazardous to your health. (Dec 2007)
  • Added 20,000 children to Illinois healthcare. (Oct 2007)
  • National insurance pool & catastrophic insurance. (Apr 2007)
  • Healthcare system is broken without lifetime employment. (Oct 2006)
  • Focus on the affordability of a broad healthcare plan. (Jan 2006)
  • Crises happen in our lives and healthcare is necessary. (Oct 2004)

    Voting Record

  • No need to mandate coverage; just let people afford it. (Jul 2007)
  • Voted NO on means-testing to determine Medicare Part D premium. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Apr 2007)
  • Voted YES on expanding enrollment period for Medicare Part D. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing Medicaid rebate for producing generics. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on negotiating bulk purchases for Medicare prescription drug. (Mar 2005)
  • Increase funding for AIDS treatment & prevention. (Jan 2001)
  • More funding for Rx benefits, community health, CHIPs. (Jan 2001)
  • Improve services for people with autism & their families. (Apr 2007)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Preserve access to Medicaid & SCHIP during economic downturn. (Apr 2008)
Jack Ryan on Health Care
Former Republican Senate challenger (2004): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Jack Ryan on other issues.
  • Limit frivolous lawsuits to make healthcare affordable. (Jun 2004)
Paul Simon on Health Care
Former Democratic Senator (Until 1997): Click here for the full quote OR click here for Paul Simon on other issues.
  • Voted YES on blocking medical savings acounts. (Apr 1996)
Melissa Bean on Health Care
Democratic Representative (IL-8): Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Melissa Bean on other issues.
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Establish a National Diabetes Coordinator. (Mar 2008)
Roland Burris on Health Care
Democratic Jr Senator (retiring 2010): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Roland Burris on other issues.
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Jun 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
Cardiss Collins on Health Care
Democrat (1973-1996) (District 7): Click here for Cardiss Collins on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Kathy Cummings on Health Care
Green Challenger: Click here for the full quote OR click here for Kathy Cummings on other issues.
  • Supports single-payer healthcare. (Aug 2008)
Rahm Emanuel on Health Care
Democratic Rep. (IL-5); Chief of Staff-Designee: Click here for 16 full quotes OR click here for Rahm Emanuel on other issues.
  • Advised delaying ObamaCare while busy avoiding depression. (May 2010)
  • Universal healthcare is not out of reach. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Establish "report cards" on HMO quality of care. (Aug 2000)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
Lane Evans on Health Care
Democrat (District 17): Click here for 14 full quotes OR click here for Lane Evans on other issues.
  • Voted NO on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted NO on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted NO on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted NO on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Rated 100% by APHA, indicating a pro-public health record. (Dec 2003)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Thomas Ewing on Health Care
Republican (District 15): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Thomas Ewing on other issues.
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Alexi Giannoulias on Health Care
2010 Democratic Senate Challenger; currently State Treasurer: Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Alexi Giannoulias on other issues.
  • Reform it and fix it: negotiate drug rates for Medicare. (Oct 2010)
  • Ban denial of coverage; cover preventative care. (Aug 2010)
  • Increase competition via a public option. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports quality, affordable health care for all. (Dec 2009)
  • Supports government-run healthcare. (Aug 2010)
Debbie Halvorson on Health Care
Democrat (until 2010) (District 11): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for Debbie Halvorson on other issues.
  • Health Care--Affordable. Accessible. For everyone. (Nov 2008)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
Phil Hare on Health Care
Democrat: Click here for 12 full quotes OR click here for Phil Hare on other issues.
  • Health Care should be a right and not a privilege. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • MEDS Plan: Cover senior Rx under Medicare. (Jan 2001)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand the National Health Service Corps. (Mar 2009)
  • Make health care a right, not a privilege. (Nov 1999)
Henry Hyde on Health Care
Republican (District 6): Click here for 9 full quotes OR click here for Henry Hyde on other issues.
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Rated 17% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
Mark Kirk on Health Care
Republican Jr Senator; previously Representative (IL-10): Click here for 25 full quotes OR click here for Mark Kirk on other issues.
  • Repeal Obamacare, then offer a better alternative. (Oct 2010)
  • Cut waste & fraud; don't raise taxes; don't cut Medicare. (Dec 2009)
  • Effective affordable senior prescription plans. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted YES on the Ryan Budget: Medicare choice, tax & spending cuts. (May 2011)
  • Voted YES on regulating tobacco as a drug. (Apr 2009)
  • Voted YES on expanding the Children's Health Insurance Program. (Jan 2009)
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 12% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Establish a national childhood cancer database. (Mar 2007)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal any federal health care takeover. (Jul 2010)
Ray LaHood on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-18): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Ray LaHood on other issues.
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 11% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
  • Collect data on birth defects and present to the public. (Apr 1998)
David Phelps on Health Care
Democrat (District 19): Click here for 7 full quotes OR click here for David Phelps on other issues.
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Better and immediate funding for Medicare & Medicaid. (Dec 2000)
  • Prescription drug benefit within Medicare. (Jun 2000)
  • Expand medical savings accounts for employers & individuals. (Feb 1999)
John Porter on Health Care
Republican (retired) (District 10): Click here for 3 full quotes OR click here for John Porter on other issues.
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
Glenn Poshard on Health Care
Democrat (District 19): Click here for Glenn Poshard on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Steven Sauerberg on Health Care
Republican Challenger: Click here for 8 full quotes OR click here for Steven Sauerberg on other issues.
  • Vouchers to make health care portable and less job-dependent. (Oct 2008)
  • Portability, competition, and accessibility for health care. (May 2008)
  • Individual ownership through tax rebates and health vouchers. (May 2008)
  • Healthy living tax credits. (May 2008)
  • Simple paperwork plus accountability. (May 2008)
  • Penalties for denial of coverage by insurance companies. (May 2008)
  • End frivolous lawsuits with administrative health courts. (May 2008)
  • Eliminating fraud and waste in Medicare. (May 2008)
Larry Stafford on Health Care
Libertarian challenger: Click here for 2 full quotes OR click here for Larry Stafford on other issues.
  • Switch to a private ďMedicareĒ insurance plan. (Oct 2008)
  • No federal health coverage; itís individualís responsibility. (Mar 2008)
Jerry Weller on Health Care
Republican Representative (IL-11): Click here for 21 full quotes OR click here for Jerry Weller on other issues.
  • Voted YES on overriding veto on expansion of Medicare. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on giving mental health full equity with physical health. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on Veto override: Extend SCHIP to cover 6M more kids. (Jan 2008)
  • Voted NO on adding 2 to 4 million children to SCHIP eligibility. (Oct 2007)
  • Voted NO on requiring negotiated Rx prices for Medicare part D. (Jan 2007)
  • Voted YES on denying non-emergency treatment for lack of Medicare co-pay. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on limiting medical malpractice lawsuits to $250,000 damages. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on limited prescription drug benefit for Medicare recipients. (Nov 2003)
  • Voted NO on allowing reimportation of prescription drugs. (Jul 2003)
  • Voted YES on small business associations for buying health insurance. (Jun 2003)
  • Voted YES on capping damages & setting time limits in medical lawsuits. (Mar 2003)
  • Voted YES on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted YES on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted YES on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)
  • Tax credits for those without employee health insurance. (May 2002)
  • Tax deduction for long-term care insurance. (May 2002)
  • Support telemedicine for underserved areas. (May 2002)
  • $350 billion for prescriptions for poor seniors. (May 2002)
  • Rated 0% by APHA, indicating a anti-public health voting record. (Dec 2003)
  • Remove restrictions on estriol (menopause medication). (Jun 2008)
Sidney Yates on Health Care
Democrat (retired 1998) (District 9): Click here for Sidney Yates on other issues.
    No stance on record.
Rod Blagojevich on Health Care
Democratic IL Governor; previously Representative (IL-5): Click here for 5 full quotes OR click here for Rod Blagojevich on other issues.
  • Cover 400,000 more thru FamilyCare, KidCare, & AllKids. (Nov 2006)
  • Voted NO on allowing suing HMOs, but under federal rules & limited award. (Aug 2001)
  • Voted NO on subsidizing private insurance for Medicare Rx drug coverage. (Jun 2000)
  • Voted NO on banning physician-assisted suicide. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on establishing tax-exempt Medical Savings Accounts. (Oct 1999)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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