Several State lawmakers pushing to opt out of Obamacare

By Mark Bullion

July 11, 2012 Updated Jul 11, 2012 at 7:43 PM CDT

BLOOMINGTON, Ill -- Repealing Obamacare in Illinois is at the forefront for several republican lawmakers.

That includes 101st District State Representative Adam Brown and 87th District State Representative Bill Mitchell.
Both say the state should pass House Bill 6197.

The legislation would stop the expansion of the Affordable Health Care Act to Illinois.

Mitchell and Brown say the state cannot incur the costs associated with the law and it would have a detrimental effect on taxpayers.

"Folks that are just trying to scrape by here in tough economic times would have to pay even more into the system and receive even worse benefits. We'd have longer waiting times at the physician's office, we'd have worse care because so many people would be flooded into the system," said Representative Brown.

"It would put possibly 900,000 additional Illinois citizens on the Department of Public Aid rolls. Of course, we have 3.1 million now on some form of public assistance to a state that's broke would push 4 million out of 12 million people on public aid and that to me is a shocking statistic," said Representative Mitchell.

Both say they are hopeful the General Assembly will reconvene this summer to pass House Bill 6197 and stop Obamacare expansion in the state.

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