Congressmen From Illinois Split on Party Lines on Health Care Deciaion.
Not surprisingly, the Supreme Court decision upholding most of the Affordable Care Act brought reaction along party lines for much of Congress.
U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) praised the ruling: “The burden of health insecurity is really lifted off the shoulders of people who worry that they are not going to be able to pay for their breast cancer surgery or prostate cancer surgery,” she said. She says if Mitt Romney is elected president, he should not want to touch the Affordable Care Act, since much of it is modeled on the health care act passed in Massachusetts while Romney was governor there.
U.S. Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Peoria) does not agree: “Just to argue because one person is for health care reform, means he is for Obamacare … means somehow by guilt by association … is simply ludicrous. The president’s bill cuts $500 billion for Medicare. It increases costs by $1.8 trillion. This isn’t a cost saver, as it was sold,” he said.
Schock says all Romney would have to do, if he became president, would be to issue waivers exempting all states from compliance with the Affordable Care Act.
(Posted 6-29-2012 at 7:22am, Illinois Radio Network)