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Durbin Looks to Improve Healthcare

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin says Congress needs to act soon to shore up the federal online health insurance marketplaces.

The Illinois Democrat says he welcomes  bipartisan Senate hearings to discuss long-term ways to improve coverage for millions of Americans. But for now, he says swift action is needed to address the higher insurance premiums and the increased costs of prescription drugs.

"We can't cut off the oxygen to our healthcare system to wait for a miracle cure. We've got to continue to keep it alive as we move to make changes to make it stronger."

Durbin said action on health care may be delayed by other issues because lawmakers must approve a federal budget and  raise the debt ceiling  by the end of September.

Jo Mannies has been covering Missouri politics and government for almost four decades, much of that time as a reporter and columnist at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. She was the first woman to cover St. Louis City Hall, was the newspaper’s second woman sportswriter in its history, and spent four years in the Post-Dispatch Washington Bureau. She joined the St. Louis Beacon in 2009. She has won several local, regional and national awards, and has covered every president since Jimmy Carter. She scared fellow first-graders in the late 1950s when she showed them how close Alaska was to Russia and met Richard M. Nixon when she was in high school. She graduated from Valparaiso University in northwest Indiana, and was the daughter of a high school basketball coach. She is married and has two grown children, both lawyers. She’s a history and movie buff, cultivates a massive flower garden, and bakes banana bread regularly for her colleagues.