Republican lawmakers in Congress have several proposals they claim will improve the Affordable Care Act, but Democrats are skeptical about their motives. Those changes would include increasing the number of hours worked to be considered a full-time employee, and delaying or eliminating the requirement for businesses with 50 or more employees to provide health insurance.
But what leaves Democrats wary of considering those reforms is when the Republicans touting them, like U.S. Senator Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), say they want to get rid of the law altogether.
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“I would say we should repeal the Obamacare bill,” Kirk said.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) says he is interested in considering changes to the law, provided the discussion doesn’t turn to talk of repeal.
“If we can start with the premise the Affordable Care Act is sound in principle, but needs to be improved, I’m glad to sit down with any Republican to work on it,” Durbin said.
What worries Durbin is that the Republicans’ real objective is to use those discussions to attack President Obama, which he calls “a waste of time.”