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Shimkus Formalizes Bid

Mon, 04 Nov 2013 17:02:57 CST

Congressman John Shimkus says continued problems with the Health Care-dot-gov website should be reason enough to delay the individual mandate for coverage by a year. The 15th District Collinsville Republican notes some Democratic Senators are also seeking such a change. Shimkus says individuals deserve the same one year delay granted to businesses with the rollout of the Affordable Care Act. He says he would like to make additional changes over that time.

But, Shimkus has not said he is calling for another partial government shutdown over the health care law. The Representative is formally announcing his re-election bid. Shimkus has been a member of Congress since 1997. No Republican has yet filed to oppose him in the primary next spring. But, Eric Thorsland of Mahomet and abortion opponent Angela Michael of Highland are both running in the Democratic primary for the 15th District. Shimkus easily defeated Michael last year, netting 69 % of the vote.

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