WASHINGTON - Friday, in a 230 to 189 vote on the continuing resolution that continued to fund the federal government but defund Obamacare, all Illinois Republicans voted yes, except for Rodney Davis (IL-13) who did not vote. All Illinois Democrats voted no, except for Bobby Rush (IL-1) and Luis Gutierrez, who did not vote. (Amended post after Thomas.gov changed corrected their original record.)
Statements are beginning to come in from the Illinois delegation -
“Today, the House acted to keep our government open and slow down Obamacare’s federalization of health insurance,” said Congressman Randy Hultgren (IL-14). “We must ensure our soldiers get paid and that permits and loans crucial to our industries are not delayed. But as we hear about more businesses cutting back hours and healthcare coverage as they anticipate higher costs under Obamacare, it’s clear this law is doing more harm than good. It is already evident in plans being offered in many states that consumers won't be to keep the doctor of their choice or even stick with a company they trust.
“Let’s slow down this law and look for simpler and smarter healthcare solutions. The Republican Study Committee, for instance, has introduced an alternative which focuses on reducing costs and improving choice—reforming the system while protecting those with pre-existing conditions. Let’s keep looking for additional ways to improve our healthcare system and stop this unaffordable care act from doing more damage.
“As the October deadline approaches for open enrollment in the state exchanges, residents in Illinois are still without details on the plans that will be available or how much they’ll cost. The state needs to be forthcoming about what’s up ahead for its residents.”
Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois (R-16) said: “House Republicans today voted to fully fund the federal government while at the same time protecting the American people from the ravages of the President’s unworkable healthcare law. It is now up to our colleagues in the Senate to continue this fight.”