Opinion: Work needed to fix VA hospital system

By Congressman Peter Roskam

Over the past several weeks, disturbing reports have emerged of widespread mismanagement at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that resulted in shockingly poor treatment of our veterans at facilities across the country, including at Chicagoland’s own Edward Hines Jr. VA Hospital.

CNN Opinion: Free elections good for Ukraine, but could be bad for Putin

Free elections good for Ukraine, but could be bad for Putin

By Kelly Ayotte and Peter Roskam

Sun-Times: Experts back House bill to develop new drugs to combat superbugs

U.S. Reps. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., and Danny Davis, D-Ill., hosted a discussion on the Developing an Innovative Strategy for Antimicrobial Resistant Microorganisms Act, which aims to pave the way for companies to develop new antibiotics to treat the superbugs. The two congressmen, who come from different sides of the political spectrum, teamed up on the issue after a superbug called CRE — carbapenem-resistant enterobacteriaceae — hit home last year, infecting 38 patients at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge.

Op-Ed: Americans deserve an Obamacare watchdog

By Congressman Peter Roskam

In a recent victory lap, President Obama announced that more than 8 million Americans have signed up for Obamacare and so in his view, "the repeal debate is and should be over. The Affordable Care Act is working." But there are significant problems with the president’s assertions.  The American people remain deeply unhappy about a law that has increased out-of-pocket healthcare costs for millions and taken away their choices.  A recent Congressional investigation revealed that only 67 percent of individuals and families that selected a healthcare plan from the federal marketplace have paid their first month’s premium—laying waste to the 8 million figure the Administration has been touting.

House Ways and Means Committee votes to refer Lois Lerner for criminal prosecution

The House Ways and Means Committee voted Wednesday morning  23 to 14 to refer former IRS official Lois Lerner to the Department of Justice for criminal prosecution.

The reason Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee took the action they did was explained by Chief Deputy Whip Peter Roskam (R-IL) on Fox News, yesterday.

VIDEO: Rep. Roskam calls for Obamacare watchdog

Congressman Peter Roskam discusses his bill to establish an Obamacare watchdog.

Fox News: Republican proposes hiring official watchdog for ObamaCare

A Republican congressman is calling for the federal government to hire a full-time watchdog for ObamaCare, amid ongoing concerns about fraud and mismanagement. 

Rep. Peter Roskam, R-Ill., introduced a bill on Thursday that would create a "Special Inspector General for Monitoring the Affordable Care Act (SIGMA)." He told Fox News the position is needed to follow the money. 

Op-Ed: An Obamacare Watchdog

By Congressman Peter Roskam

Americans were shocked when Speaker Nancy Pelosi said of the Affordable Care Act: “We have to pass the bill so that you can find out what is in it.” It seemed bad enough that the bill was rushed through Congress with virtually no debate or amendments, but now its architects refuse to give the American people a full picture of the law as it stands today. Six months into implementation, Obamacare is wreaking havoc on Americans’ health-care decisions, spiking out-of-pocket costs, and limiting access to doctors; millions of Americans have lost their health-care plans altogether.

House Republicans demand IRS bullying stop, urge Americans to join the fight

By U.S. House Deputy Majority Whip Rep. Peter Roskam

The Obama Administration is doing everything they can to deflect and divert attention from the IRS controversy. The Administration is hoping that the longer they drag it out, the more the  public will forget about the scandal. But the president and his team underestimate the resolve of our Republican House majority. The idea that institutions of the federal government can be used to silence the political dissent of opponents is antithetical to the very founding principles of our country.

Forbes: House to Pass Taxpayer Bill of Rights

The U.S. House of Representatives will vote on Tuesday on a pair of bills which could accurately be called a kind of “Taxpayer Bill of Rights.”

Both measures are sponsored by Congressman Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), widely regarded as a rising star both in the House GOP Leadership and the tax-writing Ways and Means Committee.

Op-Ed: GOP alternatives improve healtcare for all

Almost four years ago, the president’s healthcare reform plan began with worthy goals: increasing access to quality care and lowering costs for all Americans. Now that the law’s new insurance marketplaces are open, it’s clear that Obamacare not only fails to meet these goals, it creates an entirely new set of challenges. We can do better than the president’s healthcare law, which has brought skyrocketing out of pocket costs and fewer options.

Op-Ed: Ten years on, Obamacare advocates can learn from Medicare Part D's success

By Congressman Peter Roskam

Our nation's aging baby boomer population is increasingly anxious about the long-term health of our federal entitlement programs. While doomsday predictions abound for the impending insolvency of both traditional Medicare and Social Security, there is one portion of Medicare that is saving money and out-performing all expectations: Medicare Part D.

Op-Ed: The importance of family

By Congressman Peter Roskam

Every year, Americans eagerly anticipate the arrival of the holiday season. We look forward to seeing familiar faces, enjoying our favorite rituals and creating new memories. Now more than ever, we appreciate our families that provide us with love, support and stability all year long. As we give thanks this holiday season, so should we also remember those who are less fortunate and don’t have the care and safety of a stable home.

Roskam asks constituents to share their difficulties with Obamacare

If you are one of the growing number of people whose health insurance coverage has been disrupted or whose rates have skyrocketed under Obamacare, please take some time to share those stories with me.

Op-Ed: It's time to take a hard look at the tax code

By Congressman Peter Roskam

America is a place where hard work, success and achievement are rewarded, and your hard-earned tax dollars are supposed to be respected and spent wisely. Unfortunately, our economy has been stuck in neutral for far too long, causing stifled growth and shrinking opportunity. It’s clear that the current playbook of an ever-growing federal government and ever-climbing taxes isn’t working. 

VIDEO: Roskam says Obama will negotiate

Republican Congressman Peter Roskam was once a friendly colleague of President Barack Obama's, back when they served in the state senate of Illinois. Contrary to what the president has been saying publicly, Roskam predicts Obama will come to the negotiating table.

Watch the interview here.

Op-Ed: Preventing fraud in the health care law

By Rep. Peter Roskam

This week, the health care law’s state-based insurance exchanges began their open enrollment period, and unfortunately people are still unsure what the government takeover of our healthcare system will mean for them and their families. Obamacare is so large and so convoluted that the administration is struggling to implement it.

Sun Times: Rep. Roskam not derailed by ethics flap, break from party leaders on Syria

U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.) has increasingly stepped into the spotlight over the last several months; as a searing critic of the Obama Administration’s handling of the IRS scandal, as a vocal opponent to the new health care law and as a proponent for a piecemeal approach to immigration reform.

Op-Ed: Obamacare and the IRS - A disastrous combination

After recent news reports revealed that IRS agents were engaged in widespread, systematic targeting of individuals based on their political and religious beliefs, Americans were rightly outraged. Subsequent Congressional investigations revealed not only were people harassed by agents, but IRS officials had been caught leaking confidential taxpayer information and squandering away millions of tax dollars.

Op-Ed: Curb An Out of Control IRS

By Congressman Peter Roskam

Recent stories out of Washington center around a bureaucracy run amok. At the IRS alone, scandals vary from millions spent on wasteful junkets, to the targeting and harassment of individuals and certain groups based on their religious and political beliefs, and the mismanagement and illegal release of confidential information. In an age of big government, federal agencies have grown larger and more powerful. Faceless, unelected and largely unaccountable bureaucrats are acting as both judge and jury for too many Americans caught in the crosshairs. 

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