Senate Majority Whip Dick DurbinDick DurbinThe Hill’s Whip List: Where Dems stand on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Gorsuch rewrites playbook for confirmation hearings Gorsuch: I'm 'sorry' for ruling against autistic student MORE (D-Ill.) on Tuesday said President Obama’s promise that people who like their insurance can keep it could have used some more clarification.
“A couple more sentences added would clarify it,” Durbin said during an interview with CNN. “The president apologized. He said very clearly he was sorry if he misled people.”
“Well, I said it because I believed it,” he said. “Now I know I should have added, for 98 percent of American people, that is exactly true. For the other 2 percent in the individual market, there is frequent changes in policies. People are used to increases in their premiums and changes in their policies. That is something that's a reality. It should have been clarified.”
Durbin said a legislative fix would only happen if Republicans acted constructively to help find a solution. But he said there are those in the GOP who do not want to let the law work at all.
He was reacting to an interview with Bill Clinton posted Tuesday in which the former president said Obama should consider changing the law in order to keep his commitment to those on the individual insurance market.