Senator Durbin Says Obamacare Ruling Won’t Help Republicans

Senator Durbin Says Obamacare Ruling Won’t Help Republicans

ILLINOIS (IRN) — Illinois’ senior U.S. Senator said a judge’s ruling that Obamacare is unconstitutional means that Republicans are going to once again have to talk about healthcare.

Dick Durbin says he’s not sure that the U.S. Supreme Court will save the Affordable Care Act.

Durbin was on ABC’s “This Week” over the weekend. He said Republicans in Washington D.C. now face a future where they will have to have another debate on healthcare.

“The largest issue in the last election, that moved 40 seats from the Republican column to the Democratic column in the House, the biggest single issue was the Affordable Care Act,” Durbin said. “And whether it will cover people with pre-existing conditions.”

Durbin said Republicans, so far, don’t have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act.

“Republican attorneys general set out to abolish this law, and to end the protection for people with a medical history. And now this issue is alive again,” Durbin said. “The Republicans have no alternative to the Affordable Care Act.”

A judge on Friday ruled that without Obamacare’s individual mandate, the rest of the law was unconstitutional.

But that ruling is sure to be challenged.