Davis noncommittal on bipartisan health plan

Davis noncommittal on bipartisan health plan

URBANA — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis was noncommittal Wednesday when asked if he would support a bipartisan health care plan proposed Tuesday by two senators.

And the Republican congressman from Taylorville indicated he would continue to support Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner, even though the governor signed legislation earlier his month that expands taxpayer-funded abortion in Illinois.

Davis and other GOP congressmen had issued a statement saying that they were "disappointed" with Rauner's action.

"Everybody who knows me knows that I'm pro-life and I'm very disappointed. I think people who may disagree with me politically would not be in favor of taxpayer money going toward abortions," Davis said after touring a Head Start facility in Urbana that opened in February.

But when asked if he would support a Republican challenger to Rauner in next year's primary election, Davis said, "I've worked with the governor on a wide variety of issues over the last three years that he's been in office and this is a governor that I know is going to continue to work with us on a wide variety of issues. We'll let politics play out."

Davis, whose 13th Congressional District includes Champaign-Urbana, said he would review the Senate-led health care plan.

"I like any discussion when it comes to bipartisanship in solving this problem with our broken health care system," he said. "I have not seen the details of that plan. I hope a good compromise gets through the Senate and comes back through the House so that we can take a look at what comes out of there because that's what I've been clamoring for."

Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Democratic Sen. Patty Murray of Washington said their proposal would resume federal reimbursement payments to health insurers and stabilize the health care market.

"I want to make sure that we fix the system," Davis said. "I want to see what that stabilization is and I actually want to see something come out of the Senate because frankly that's something we haven't seen a lot of lately when we've got over 250 bills that we've passed in the House and most of them by bipartisan majorities that have yet to see the light of day."

Shortly after Davis made his remarks House Speaker Paul Ryan came out against the compromise plan, according to his spokesman.

Davis, reached later, said, "I haven't seen the compromise so let me see what the compromise is. But the bottom line is that we've got to help the tens of millions of Americans that need help under the current health care system and that's my goal.

"I'm optimistic when we get back next week we'll get a chance to see what comes out of the Senate. But remember that Senate plan is just a plan. It can be changed in the Senate before it comes to the House. Because I'm not convinced that the Senate can pass us anything on any substantive issues."

Davis also said he continues to support the framework of Republican-led tax reform plan, although no details have bene developed.

"The framework of lowering taxes, focusing on middle-income and lower-income families, I don't know how you can say that's a bad thing," said the congressman.

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