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Congressman LaHood "anxious" for talk about the second Republican repeal and replace plan

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Peoria area Congressman Darin Lahood said he is anxious to see what the U-S Senate does with the second Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

Last month the house voted on a second plan after the first one failed to get enough support back in March. 

Supporters said this latest version lowers premiums, maintains coverage and protects people with pre-existing conditions. 

Lahood said high premiums and deductibles are major issues for his constituents. "In a district like mine where premiums have gone up an average of 55-percent I'm looking for how we find a solution to bring down the cost of health care," said LaHood.

Several federal reports have shown 20 millions Americans are covered with health insurance under the  Affordable Care Act.

Some Senate Democratic leaders are urging their Republican colleagues to find a bipartisan way to improve the healthcare system, rather than using their congressional majority to push something through.

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