Morning Spin: Durbin to Republicans on Obamacare: ‘If you break it, you own it’
U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, left, speaks during a news conference on July 7, 2017, at the Gateway Regional Medical Center in Granite City, Ill. Durbin on July 10 expressed doubt that Republicans in Congress will be able to build enough support to pass a plan that repeals or replaces the Affordable Care Act.
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Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin had a message Monday for Republican lawmakers trying to round up votes to get rid of Obamacare in favor of their own health care plan: “If you break it, you own it.”
“If the Republicans break the health care system in America to the detriment of families and businesses across this country, if premiums go up, if fewer people are insured, they own it, and they ought to be ashamed of it,” Durbin said at a news conference when asked about the status of the GOP push for a health care vote.
But Durbin — speaking to reporters after an announcement by Amazon about a Chicago expansion — expressed doubt President Donald Trump and Republicans in Congress will be able to build enough support to pass a plan. “It looks like the Republicans are falling apart on this issue,” he said. “The right wing is headed one direction, the moderates in another direction.”
After withdrawing a planned vote on a health care package last month, Senate Republican leaders now say they will conduct a push to get reluctant GOP members on board to pass an overhaul of the Affordable Care Act as soon as next week, before Congress goes on break in August. (John Byrne)
What’s on tap
*Mayor Rahm Emanuel will appear at Beidler Elementary in the morning to announce a food business incubator. In the afternoon, he’ll be at a meeting of the Public Building Commission.
*Gov. Bruce Rauner’s schedule was not available.
*Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle will hold a news conference at Stroger Hospital about efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.
From the notebook
*Andersson out: An Illinois House Republican who voted for the tax hike and spending plan was asked to leave his leadership post.
House GOP leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs sent a memo to Republican lawmakers saying he’d like to "go in a different direction" with the floor leader post held by Rep. Steve Andersson of Geneva. Andersson had voted for the tax increase and to override Rauner.
"This afternoon, I asked Representative Andersson to step down from the position," Durkin’s memo read.
On Sunday, Andersson said Durkin was the “epitome of professionalism” over disagreements inside the House Republican caucus.
“When this was going down, one of the things (Durkin) said to all of us as a group is, he said, ‘I don’t want to lose friendships over this. I don’t want to lose relationships. I don’t want people criticizing each other,’” Andersson said. “He can’t control that, but that’s what he said. He assured us we are still a caucus, and we can disagree and that’s OK.”
The floor leader job can be a visible one, tasked with raising objections to Democratic legislation during sometimes lengthy debates in the often raucous Illinois House.
*Quick spins: State Sen. Daniel Biss, a Democratic candidate for governor, said he’s raised more than $1 million in the second quarter of the year. Campaign finance reports that have a full accounting of candidates’ numbers are due in a week, and Biss reported more than $560,000 in contributions Monday. … North Side alderman and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ameya Pawar says he’s the first in the Democratic primary race for governor to unveil a Spanish language translation of his website with plans to add versions in Chinese, Polish and German. “I don’t believe that you can be an effective governor for everyone if you’re leaving 6 percent of the people out of the conversation," Pawar said in a news release that noted 5.86 percent of Illinois residents speak Spanish. … The Illinois Republican Party has released another digital ad about House Speaker Michael Madigan and last week’s approval of an income tax hike.
What we’re writing
*Days after lawmakers override Rauner veto, he gets new chief of staff.
*South Side community activists push for economic promises from Obama center.
*Man who conspired with sister in 1993 "black widow" murder now seeks clemency from Rauner.
*Controversial judge gets alleged cover-up case against 3 cops in Laquan McDonald killing.
*Appeals court upholds temporary restraining order on Cook County soda tax.
What we’re reading
*Illinois companies, including Sam’s Club and Sears, warn of more than 500 job losses in June.
*Cyclists face barriers in car-centric Chicago suburbs, study says.
*31 days of beer in Chicago.
Follow the money
*Track Illinois campaign contributions in real time here and here.
*How a pageant led to Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer.
*Trump accuses Comey of illegal leak.
*Iraq declares "total victory" over ISIS in Mosul.