Durbin: ‘No Discussion’ Among Dems To Delay Obamacare

AP

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) said Thursday there was “no discussion” of delaying Obamacare during a meeting Wednesday between President Barack Obama and Democratic senators who are up for re-election in 2014.

He said the president and senators discussed “the current situation with the website — what’s being done to improve it, make it better — and what we face in the future, in terms of some of the dynamics … of the Affordable Care Act.”

“It was very clear,” Durbin said. “Everyone at the table agreed we’re going to move forward, we’re going to get this website right, and we’re going to give millions of Americans a chance for affordable health insurance. But no, there was no discussion about — in any way — defunding, delaying, destroying — the Affordable Care Act. In fact, just the opposite.”

The No. 2 Democratic senator told some reporters in the Capitol that “we’ve got to be careful” not to disrupt implementation of the law.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sahil Kapur is TPM's senior congressional reporter and Supreme Court correspondent. His articles have been published in the Huffington Post, The Guardian and The New Republic. Email him at sahil@talkingpointsmemo.com and follow him on Twitter at @sahilkapur.
LIKE US ON FACEBOOK