U. S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) has a message for “Obamacare” opponents who want to opt out: “Some of these Republican governors are saying, ‘No way, we’re not going to expand Medicaid, we’ll just leave these people uninsured,’” Durbin says. “Those people – uninsured – will still get sick.” Durbin says a Springfield hospital official told him if every patient his facility sees can be Medicaid-qualified, things will be fine.

Durbin is hoping for Democratic gains in the U. S. House of Representatives this fall, particular where there are essentially open seats.

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Durbin says Maj. Gen. William L. Enyart, the recently retired adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard, will be a sterling candidate but has a lot of ground to make up against Republican Jason Plummer, who, Durbin says, “has resources that mere mortals can’t usually muster in campaign. He’ll spend a fortune in television in St. Louis.” Enyart was recently slated in the 12th District when the winner of the Democratic primary dropped out over health concerns.

In the 13th District, Durbin says Dr. David Gill, a Bloomington emergency room physician, “can stand in front of every community hospital in this congressional district … and talk about their future in a way that his opponent can’t.” The Republican, Rodney Davis, was recently nominated there when U.S. Rep. Tim Johnson (R-Urbana), who won nomination in the Republican primary, opted not to run.

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