Gov. Rauner and Rep. Shimkus Have Different Views of Obamacare Replacement

Mar 7, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner says Illinois wouldn't do very well under congressional Republicans' new health care proposal.

Some conservative groups have also criticized the House GOP's new plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

Rauner says he plans to talk to members of Congress and other governors about how to change the proposal.
"I want to make sure people in Illinois are not left in the lurch or that there's a lot of pressure to reduce insurance coverage for people in Illinois."
Rauner criticized the Affordable Care Act - saying it's unaffordable.

But he didn't give any specifics about how he would change the policy.

Meanwhile, Southern Illinois Congressman John Shimkus is praising the American Health Care Act - the House Republicans' legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare.

The Collinsville republican says the new plan eliminated Obamacare's middle-class taxes on prescription drugs, over-the-counter medications, health-insurance premiums, and medical devices, as well are the individual and employer mandate penalties.

Shimkus says the bill prohibits health insurers from denying coverage, or charging higher premiums, based upon a pre-existing condition; putting annual or lifetime caps on medical care; and charging women more than men. The bill also continues to allow 26 year olds to stay on their parents' insurance.

By transitioning to a "per capita allotment," he says the GOP plan also gives state Medicaid programs with the flexibility they need to better serve patients most in need.