Healthcare debate continues in central Illinois

By WEEK Producer

July 14, 2012 Updated Nov 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The national healthcare debate is raging on across America and right here in Central Illinois.

Friday, republicans were in town voicing their concern for President Obama's Affordable Healthcare law.

On Saturday, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin is praising the historic law, calling it step in the right direction to help bring down healthcare costs for all Americans.

"Most American families appreciate the new bill which says that their kids are going to be covered under their family plan until they reach the age of 26," said Durbin. "Seniors appreciate the helping hand to pay for prescription drugs. Families appreciate that when their kids have a medical problem they can't be discriminated against."

House republicans have voted more than 30 times to repeal parts of the healthcare law.

Two local democratic hopefuls say those in Washington-- namely their opponents-- should have a different focus.

"This is at a time when people in our district are still hurting," said Cheri Bustos, currently running against incumbent Bobby Schilling in the 17th District. "We still have a very high unemployment rate that we need to be talking about. Had I been serving in Congress right now I would have been talking about how are we going to get this economy moving."

Steve Waterworth, who is running against Aaron Schock in the 18th congressional district, thinks the American public should give it a chance.

"Give it a chance to succeed," he said. "If it doesn't succeed, then change it so it does succeed."

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