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November 12, 2013 - 1:34 pm

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he’d be willing to follow former President Clinton’s advice to allow people to keep their health insurance as long as they’re not GOP proposals that aren’t “friendly” enough.

“We need to look at the political reality. We need to be open to constructive changes to make this law work better, but there are those, frankly, who don’t want it to work at all. If those on the other side are willing to sit down in a constructive fashion, move us toward our goal making health insurance available to more and more Americans and reducing costs, that’s a good positive thing to do,” Durbin said on CNN. “I would say to President Clinton, if we can bring that bipartisan group together, we can start to solve some of the problems we’re facing.”

On Thursday the House Rules Committee meets to push forward the Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013, a bill from House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-Mich.) already opposed by many Democrats.

“Let’s take a close look at some of those proposals. Some of those are not friendly proposals. They’re designed to derail this effort. Keep in mind what we’re putting in insurance policies, that they cannot be canceled if you or someone in your family has a pre-existing condition, no lifetime limits on the payouts for cancer victims and people facing enormous medical bills. These are things which should be part of insurance policy. If we start taking them away, then, frankly, it’s going to be difficult for the insurance industry to produce a product that really is going to serve our needs and that they can adequately tell us what it costs,” Durbin said.

When asked if President Obama lied about saying people could keep the health insurance they liked, Durbin said the point is that “the president apologized.”

“He said very clearly he was sorry if he misled people… It should have been added in this private insurance market every two years, two out of three policies are canceled and changed. This happens frequently in this niche of the market, this part of the market. It should have been clarified from the start but there are ways to resolve this.”

When asked who gave Obama those talking points, Durbin responded, “I certainly wasn’t in on that decision. We’ve got to keep our eye on the goal.”

In fact, Durbin was called out on using the same rhetoric himself.

“Well, I said it because I believed it,” the senator said. “Now I know I should have added, for 98 percent of American people, that is exactly true. For the other 2 percent in the individual market, there is frequent changes in policies. People are used to increases in their premiums and changes in their policies. That is something that’s a reality. It should have been clarified.”

Bridget Johnson is a veteran journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She is an NPR contributor and has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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Sorry, you aptly named Dick. You said that because you either have the critical thinking ability of a rock or your loyalty to Progressivism trumps the well being of your constituents. You, sir, are the poster boy for term limits.
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"Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said he’d be willing to follow former President Clinton’s advice to allow people to keep their health insurance as long as they’re not GOP proposals that aren’t “friendly” enough."
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The problem - DICK - is you want to use a pruning shear to to tweak the ACA law - what you need is an ax.


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Hey the Dems were recently crowing that Obamacare is the law of the land and I think the GOP should acknowledge it and do nothing to the law of the land. Let the Dems choke on it.
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I'm in favor of this approach as well. Let the democrats talk about tweaking it - let the republicans 'talk' about tweaking it - but do nothing.

Tick tick tick - the progressive time bomb known as the ACA is ticking - lets hope the republicans don't feel the need to help out the other side of the isle by defusing the bomb.



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Democrats keep marching around the chairs as if the music hasn't stopped.
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Yeah, everyone's 'sorry'.

Teleprompter Jesus, Durbin, former Fed QE maestro Andrew Huzar is 'sorry'.

WTF and who the f*** is going to benefit from these 'We got caught' empty, phony mea culpas?

The aforementioned and many more should be tried..
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Ugh.. this f'in choad Durbin makes my skin crawl.

The multiple lies Durbin provided in the few quotes above makes me ill. All the more so knowing millions of fellow Americans continue to vote for this and daresay thousands upon thousands of other enemies of the state-like grifters nationwide in local-federal elections/ positions.

I don't have much faith in the GOP though they DID prior to the ACA becoming law provide numerous other bills, encouraged dialog and resolve etc.,

Though Reid DIDNT allow a Senate vote and/ or the Dem majority Senate voted down party lines. As well as nixing nor encouraging discussing possible amendments, portions of the House passed bill be reworded or omitted.

This atrocious, economically crippling 'law' is ALL on the moronic Illiberal party. It doesn't matter 1 way or another if the health exchange website was functional or not.

For it's ridiculously obvious the majority of sign-ups will be Medicaid and Medicare folks. Whereas Uhdumbo WILL lower Medicare/Medicaid requirements and boom - single payer.

Though ideologues from ALL party's don't want to acknowledge or ignore the end game of their party's intentions.

Unless those constituents are fascists, anarchists or over the top WASPS.

I know these pols have security details. Though I'm shocked and awed they don't get punched in the face when getting takeout or at a myriad of convenience stores. I've gotten inasmuch in another town in H.S. - weeks after taunting the opposing players in a lacrosse game!
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“We need to look at the political reality. . . We've been caught."
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Sorry, you aptly named Dick. You said that because you either have the critical thinking ability of a rock or your loyalty to Progressivism trumps the well being of your constituents. You, sir, are the poster boy for term limits.
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"Remember: It's not a lie if you believe it." - George Costanza
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