Durbin defends health care bill

January 19, 2011

by City Room

The new U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on repealing President Barack Obama's health care law Wednesday.

Republicans now control the House. Many of the new Republican congressmen campaigned on repealing the law.

Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, a Democrat, says there's a big hole in the Republicans' arguments against the health care bill.

"This kind of mindless, 'Let's repeal it and walk away from it' just ignores the obvious: We need to make health care more affordable and more accessible for everybody," Durbin said.

The repeal effort is not expected to move beyond the House of Representatives because Democrats still control the Senate. The law aims to provide coverage to more than 30 million uninsured people.