IL Lawmakers Slash Health Care for the Poor

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are taking a major step on the state's budget problems by slashing health care services for the poor.

Opponents predict the Medicaid cuts will mean suffering and even death for some of the state's most vulnerable residents.

Illinois officials are trying to close a $2.7 billion hole in the Medicaid budget.

Legislation approved Thursday evening would cut about $1.5 billion, mostly in services but also partly in payments to hospitals and other Medicaid providers.

Both the House and Senate approved the cuts, which now go to the governor.

Lawmakers will vote separately on raising the state cigarette tax by $1 a pack. That will help fill the rest of the Medicaid budget gap.

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The bill is SB2840.

Online: http://www.ilga.gov


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  • by real on May 28, 2012 at 04:59 PM
    they do have a way to pay for all of state programs is called medical pot they tax it there a fee to get a medical card wow all that cash but no stupid lawmakers would rather see people suffer to support a law that has never worked and that helps arm gang members to rob us and drug cartels ever wonder why they have not made it legal yet the cartels are kicking money to the law makers to keep it this way. they lose billions of dollars if they did end the drug war and end the gangs well prisons need to be filled to max to make profit off tax payers come on how many of you dont realize this is a fact. how many fools out there realy believe the war on drugs works? it dont look at the news . tax the heck out of it and use the money to help programs simple. the big thing who getting the side cash from cartels to keep it this way hmmmmm i would give every state rep a long look and dig up there financial records and see what is what ever wonder why violent criminals and child molester get out early its due to drugs hmm would you rather have a guy smokeing pot out or a child molester out on the street i prefer the pot head myself thats the fact what is sick is the children realy do suffer from the child molesters for ever.
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      by sure on May 28, 2012 at 07:25 PM in reply to real
      Ok, If we legalize pot and other drugs don't you think people would still produce it illegaly so as not to have to pay tax. Also we woulds still have drug cartels fighting over which areas they could produce and sell the stuff. So guns and wars would still be around. Plus the cartels wouls still be giving law makers money to stay in control over their territories.
  • by Dave Location: Rockford on May 27, 2012 at 08:40 AM
    No health care for the poor but we can pay for daycare. What a bunch of BS
  • by R.H. Location: Roscoe on May 26, 2012 at 06:10 AM
    I provide health care coverage for my family, offered through my employer. My coverage is not wonderful and it costs a great deal. I would never dream of going to the emergency room for a tooth ache, unlike some Medicaid recepients. I am completely supportive of providing for those who are unable due to injury,illness, and ageing as it is our responsibility as well as the right thing to do. If the system broken, it needs to be fixed.
  • by Douglas Location: Northen IL on May 25, 2012 at 07:59 PM
    The problem is that the people who are using it the most are the ones who have been on it all their lives and don't have clue is to how to take care of themselves. They have had the silver spoon for so long they will not give it up. They need it taken away from them.
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      by Anonymous on May 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM in reply to Douglas
      I totally agree Douglas! Too many people have lived on it for their entire lives because they would rather keep having babies than get a job and work for a living! I'm very happy to see that their silver spoon has been taken away!
  • by taxpayer Location: Rockford on May 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
    The whole Medicaid system is broken. The lawmakers are incapable of fixing it. The only thing that will work is start refusing assistance to every pregnant teen, every alcoholic and every drug addict. The govt cannot possibly support the number of people who are too lazy or too stupid to pay their own way. If people truly need help, it should be there for them until they get on their feet and can provide for themselves. It should not be a lifetime entitlement.
  • by Kelly on May 25, 2012 at 12:29 PM
    My Grandma lives in IL and she was forced to be on Medicaid. She is 93 years old and is in fairly good health for her age. She does need to go to the doctor though and Medicare decided she was too old for medicare so they dropped her. Now she has medicaid and may lose that now too. What are you people thinking? I do not agree with people abusing our system, but I think the ones who truly need it should not be denied. It is sad that some of you think it should be done away with all together. I just hope none of your family members end up very ill. They will not be able to afford it and then maybe you will understand. I do agree with making people drug and alcohol test before being approved, but I do not agree with doing away with it.
  • by beth Location: rockford on May 25, 2012 at 09:27 AM
    2 years ago my almost 19 year old daughter became very ill. while she was recovering i checked to see if i could get her a medical card, this was their comment: is she pregnat? answer: no. does she have a minor child? answer:no, does she have a life altering disability:answer,no, she is recovering from a bad pneumonis(madison hospital for 15 days and about died)and she has a job but her insurance wont cover all the medical treatment she still needs, their answer was no! not pregnat, no minor children and not totally disabled made her ineligible to get help. what does that say for our system?
  • by Douglas Location: Northern IL on May 25, 2012 at 04:07 AM
    The problem as I see it is simple. The lawmakers are never going to use it so they don't care. The only way for them to start doing their jobs is for everyone getting out and vote. Your vote will will show them that you are tired of them not doing their jobs since many of them have been doing this for more than 2 terms. SPEAK OUT AND VOTE THEM OUT. They are mostly lawyers so let them go out and get real jobs and work pay what we do in taxes, health benefits, and retirement. They work less than a hundred days a year and many don't even start until the afternoon. Watch out because if the budget isn't done by the 31st of May they go into overtime sessions at $55,000 a day.
  • by Travis Location: Loves Park on May 24, 2012 at 09:41 PM
    The house and senate passed this through knowing the full effects it would have on the poor. If they love their jobs in public service so much how about they work for free for a whole year to prove it to us the people they are supposed to serve.They say they have our interest at heart but yet continuously do the opposite and line their own pockets with the money of special interests and lobbyists and get rich while the rest of us struggle and lose whatever help the rest of us really do need.I have met 2 politicians who worth their weight and did something for us. Dave Syverson and Paul Simon do their job like we the people elected them to do. The State of Illinois is the most corrupt state in the Union and it's only getting worse. We have nobody in the house or senate who is looking out for us the people. The system is totally shattered and nobody is willing to fix it.
  • by bev Location: rockton on May 24, 2012 at 08:12 PM
    I just dont what to say, its a sad world any more, I think people should get to vote on everything they vote on ,its our life that there playing with,and they dont care , we pay so much taxs on everything now,its getting to be too much for people,they need to stop spending money they dont have,and looking at us to pay it back.
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