Morning Spin: Democrats ramping up pressure on Rauner over Trumpcare – Chicago Tribune
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As Republicans in the U.S. Senate struggle to put together the votes on their version of a health care overhaul, Democrats in Illinois have been conducting a daily drumbeat of attacks critical of Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner on the issue.
The governor’s administration has said it is studying the Senate GOP and House Republican-passed plans to repeal and replace Obamacare and the governor has only said he has had some “concerns” over the measures.
On Tuesday, J.B. Pritzker’s campaign sent a mailer statewide that includes a pair of boxing gloves while warning: “Bruce Rauner and Donald Trump: A one-two punch that could knock out your health care.”
The mailer says an estimated 600,000 people who get health care under Obamacare’s expansion of Medicaid in Illinois could lose coverage. It adds that 5.5 million Illinoisans could lose protections for pre-existing conditions if Rauner sought a waiver of such coverage.
“J.B. Pritzker is taking on Trump and Rauner to make sure Illinoisans don’t have to pay more money to get less health care,” the mailer says.
Another contender for the Democratic nomination, Northwest Side Ald. Ameya Pawar, accused Rauner of staying quiet on the issue because of a sizable tax break he says the governor could achieve under one version of the bill.
“Rauner remains silent because he doesn’t want you to know he is putting his own wealth over the health and well-being of Illinois families,” said Pawar, the 47th Ward alderman.
In addition, Illinois’ Democratic U.S. senators, Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth, sent another letter to Rauner asking him to give his position on the Senate Republican health care plan.
“It is not unreasonable to request that a sitting governor provide input or an analysis about how proposed federal legislation might impact their state, especially when the legislation would impact every single person in this country and one-sixth of our nation’s economy. Which is why we have, on multiple occasions, requested information from you about how these bills would impact our state,” the senators’ letter said.