Millions were surprised Friday night when Republicans suddenly pulled their health care bill from the House floor just minutes ahead of a planned vote.
“This is a setback, no two ways about it. But this is not the end of the story because I know that every man and woman in this conference is now motivated more than ever to step up our game,” said Speaker of the House Paul Ryan.
Senator Dick Durbin a supporter of Obamacare, says the health care plan isn’t perfect, but he will continue to stand behind it.
When I voted for the affordable care act about seven years ago this week, it was with the knowledge that we would reduce the number of people without health insurance” said Dick Durbin.
Since the Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Republicans have been looking to repeal and replace it., Durbin says he wants to improve the law, and will fight to make prescription drugs more affordable, and to keep a Medicare option for everyone in America.
“If you take repeal off the table, I’m pulling up a chair to that table, I’m ready to sit down”
Here in Central Illinois, people believe the decision to keep Obamacare was the correct one. They say the law shouldn’t be drastically tampered with every time a new administration takes office.
Kelly Thanum of Germantown Hills says, “ I think this is good for right now, let’s just work on making it better, if we don’t like what we have lets bit by bit work on improvements”.
Mark Thanum says, “There should be coverage, there are some people out here that need coverage for one reason or another, whether it be job situation, family, they need coverage and they got to be relieved that hey I’ve got this for a while longer”.
Ryan says the Republicans came up short and must focus on a solution.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to take us to replace this law, my worry is Obamacare is going to become even worse”.