SPRINGFIELD - Last night, with the help of 11 Republicans, the Illinois House passed HB 5007, which accelerated Cook County's movement into Obamacare provisions. Even though Obamacare may be found unconstitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, lame duck Republican House members together with those in secure districts, joined Democrats in allowing Cook County to apply for waivers that would advance its involvement into the Obamacare plan.
Although House Minority Leader Tom Cross voted "NO", the following 11 House Republicans voted "YES" with their Democrat colleagues: Franco Coladipietro, Jim Durkin, Mike Fortner, David Leitch, Sid Mathias, Mike McAuliffe, Rosemary Mulligan, Randy Ramey, Skip Saviano, Tim Schmitz and Dave Winters.
These 11 GOP House votes also allowed 13 Democrat members in competitive and conservative downstate districts to vote "No" in order to keep themselves out of trouble with their constituencies this fall. (see list below)