Illinois Republicans React to U.S. House Passage of Obamacare Replacement

May 4, 2017

Governor Bruce Rauner is less than thrilled with the U.S. House of Representatives' passage of the American Healthcare Act.

Rauner says the legislation is deeply concerning for his administration because of its potential impact on the 650-thousand people who are part of the state's Medicaid expansion and the 350-thousand people facing skyrocketing premiums and fewer choices.

Meanwhile, GOP 12th district congressman Mike Bost admits the newly passed bill is not perfect, but a step in the right direction to decrease premiums and expand and enhance health care options.

15th district congressman John Shimkus says the measure will empower states to offer more affordable insurance plans that better fit everyone's needs.

All seven Republican congressmen from Illinois on Thursday voted for their party's historic bill.

The 11 House Democrats voted against the measure.