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Banks hopeful Obamacare still headed for chopping block

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NORTHEAST INDIANA (WPTA 21) -

The second time could be the charm.

The man who represents northeast Indiana in Congress is hopeful that an effort to repeal and replace a big part of Obamacare will happen in a second try.

Republican Jim Banks was one of a number of reps on Capitol Hill very disappointed about the failure in the first attempt to scrap the Affordable Care Act, and replace it with something different.

Banks met with us Thursday to talk about a host of issues, including his sense about where the health care debate is headed next in Washington.

Banks has been a faithful crusader for repealing Obamacare and passing something with more market-driven reforms.

Democrats and some Republicans didn't back the first replacement measure.

But Banks is hopeful the campaign isn't dead yet.

"From what I'm learning and hearing, a number of our colleagues in the Freedom Caucus and a number of moderates that were against the bill before, through a number of negotiations, they are coming on board to support the piece of legislation, so I'm hopeful and optimistic that we will get it done," Banks said.

He has said before and reiterated Thursday, one of the big things he wants accomplished through a repeal of Obamacare is the permanent repeal of the medical device tax that hurts the orthopedic industry which thrives in the western part of this congressional district.

He says that move would free up companies like Zimmer in Warsaw to re-invest in their operations and create new jobs.

On the flip side, there are lots of other folks concerned that if Republicans are successful, millions of people will lose their insurance coverage.

That's why this issue is still very much up in the air.

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