For the first time, a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act will hit President Obama's desk, but members of both parties recognize that the law isn't going away while he's in office.
By some counts, this was the 62nd time the U.S. House voted to repeal the act known as Obamacare. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) feels it's a move to help the Republican presidential field.
"As long as Obama is president, they're not going to repeal Obamacare. Ain't going to happen. They'll get trying because they think that's smart political strategy," Durbin said.
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U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville) knows this particular bill will die with Obama's veto, but he argues there is a larger purpose to passing it.
"This is our chance to make him have to prove to the American people why he thinks this legislation that he passed, Obamacare, is so successful in his mind, when clearly the facts, they don't substantiate that," Davis said.
Illinois had two of the few Republicans to vote against the repeal in either chamber of Congress: U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) was the only Senate Republican to oppose the legislation, while U.S. Rep. Bob Dold (R-Kenilworth) was one of three Republicans voting ‘no’ in the House.
The Congressional Budget Office has said repealing most of the Affordable Care Act's mandates and taxes, as the current attempt aims to do, would reduce the deficit by about $516 billion over the next 10 years. The CBO also says it would leave 22 million people without health insurance and drive up premiums.