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Callis Leveraging Government Shutdown In Campaign Against Davis


It's been nearly a year since enrollment began for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act ... and nearly a year since the federal government shut down over it.

Democratic congressional candidate Ann Callis is trying to leverage that in her race against Republican Congressman Rodney Davis. Davis had voted to repeal and replace Obamacare, but has since pivoted to a more neutral message of "fixing" the law.

Callis says she'd like to fix the law, too. But she says time will tell where those changes need to occur.

"What the nuances are, specifically to our district, we'd have to wait and see and what develops," she said. "But what we wouldn't do is shut down the government because we don't like the law ... like my opponent did."

Callis says thousands of people who were previously uninsured in the 13th district have been covered by the ACA. She says she'd focus on upholding President Barack Obama's now infamous (semi-broken) promise, "If you like your health plan, you can keep it."