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Schakowsky sees growing opposition to health care bill

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Evanston’s representative in Congress says the recent release of information by the Congressional Budget Office on the Republican-led bill on health care is increasing opposition to the proposed legislation that is working its way through Congress.

In a statement following the release Monday of the CBO’s report on probable effects of the bill if passed, Rep. Jan Schakowsky said that opposition to the measure “is huge and growing by the minute.”

The report, she said, “has told us what we already knew: the Republican bill would mean Americans pay more for less health care benefits, and would mean a loss of coverage for 24 million of Americans by 2026.”

The Democratic congresswoman vowed to continue her opposition to the bill.

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She discounted efforts by Republican supporters of the legislation to cast doubt on the validity of the bipartisan budget office’s findings and said “if they’re looking for a second opinion, they can ask the American Medical Association, the AARP, the American Hospital Association, or any of the countless other groups and organizations that have vehemently opposed this bill.”

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio stations and business-oriented magazines.

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