Friday was the second anniversary of the Affordable Care Act. While some Democratic members of the Illinois congressional delegation are celebrating, they are preparing for battle too. U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and U.S. Reps. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston) and U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D-Chicago, pictured) say if the Republicans want to make health care a campaign issue, they’re ready for it.
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“Our message today is simple: We won an historic victory two years ago and we will not go back,” said Schakowsky. Next week the United State Supreme Court will begin hearing arguments on the Affordable Care Act. Durbin says he has confidence that the justices will uphold the law as written, and the implementation of different aspects of the law will continue. Davis agrees that Democrats are ready to stand up and protect the Affordable Care Act. “If the Republicans want to make this the issue, then all of us are ready to fight them tooth and nail,” Davis said.
Examples of what the ACA has done:
Nationwide 2.5 million under age 26 covered by parents’ health plan
In 2011 152,170 Illinoisans on Medicare received a $250 rebate
In 2011 over 1 million Illinoisans received free preventative services