The Durbin Report: A message from Senator Richard J. Durbin
Earlier this week, I underwent a low-risk outpatient procedure to
correct a common abnormal heart rhythm. Thanks to the great doctors and
staff at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, I was back on my feet the next
day. But this experience reminded me that we are all only one diagnosis
from needing the best medical care for ourselves and the people we love.
Yet House Republicans voted yesterday to repeal health care for
millions of Americans � including one million right here in Illinois �
in order to pay for huge tax breaks for the wealthy. More concerned
with securing a "win" for the President than the welfare of their own
constituents, the Republican leadership forced a vote before the
non-partisan Congressional Budget Office could assess the economic and
human impact of TrumpCare.
This unprecedented action tells us this revised repeal plan is worse
than the original. Residents of Illinois can expect protection for
those with pre-existing conditions to diminish; those between ages 45
and 65 to see dramatic increases in premiums; downstate and inner city
hospitals to reduce services and staff; and a return to the
life-and-death battles with insurance companies over issues of coverage.
The Illinois Congressmen who voted to repeal health care ignored clear
warnings from every Illinois medical organization that this will be a
disaster for our state. Their vote to take health care away from the
people they represent will be front and center when they face their
America is ready for bipartisan cooperation to improve our health care
system, not this partisan, chest-thumping attack on our health care
from politicians who are lucky enough to have the best health insurance
in our nation. I will work with my Senate colleagues to fight this
repeal and find commonsense solutions that ensure Americans receive the
health coverage they need and deserve.
United States Senator