With Vote Likely on Repeal, Durbin Touts Health Care

Illinois senator not opposed to changes, but says abolishment detrimental

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    Sen. Dick Durbin touts healthcare during a visit to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights on Jan. 7, 2011.

    In advance of a likely vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal President Barack Obama's healthcare overhaulSen. Dick Durbin took to the suburbs to discuss the issue.

    He said he's not opposed to making some changes in the law but said that residents of Illinois have a lot to lose if the entire law is repealed.

    "We want to get it right because we just don't want to see America have reduced coverage or reduced protection at a time when people are begging for more and more," he said during a visit to Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights.

    Durbin is also praising a part of the law which requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of premium dollars on medical care, rather than administrative expenses and executives' salaries.

    A repeal is expected to have a much tougher time passing in the Senate.