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March 28, 2014

Shimkus addresses current issues

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"We do not believe we see the light at the end of the tunnel yet, where this health care law is fully functional highly competitive and you have high quality and low cost. We're concerned we will be in this position that we will be paying more and getting less."

"There's only a small sliver of people who now have access and they're the working poor, the Medicaid expansion. Everybody else will be paying more."

With the March 31 deadline looming, Shimkus said the government won't release the number of enrollees in the healthcare system. The government has a goal of 7 million enrollees by March 31.

"Just because people signed up doesn't mean they actually have it and have paid, and they won't tell us how many actually have paid."

Addresssing Obama's executive actions (changes) on healthcare, Shimkus explained that most conservatives are strict constructionists, believing that the law should be executed as written.

"Liberals will argue you have to change the law to faithfully execute the entire law"

In looking at the fall elections, Shimkus said he believes Obamacare is the main factor - how satisfied or dissatisfied the people are with the program and the failure of liberalism and centralized control.

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