State Rep. Pushes For Universal Health Care

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WBBM/CBS) — A state lawmaker is again carrying the flag for universal health care in Illinois.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports, state Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago) says times are good – if you’re an insurance company.

LISTEN: Newsradio 780’s Dave Dahl reports

“No one has ever come to me and said, ‘Representative, I need access to an insurance company,’” Flowers said. “They say, ‘I need access to health care, health care, health care.’”

Flowers has pushed universal health care without success. So what’s different now?

“It is about education, education, education,” she said. “Twenty years ago, people did not have the problems that they’re having now with their health insurance, and everyone had it, or everyone thought they had access to it, but times have changed.”

Flowers stood with a room full of health advocates, including doctors and medical students.

State Sen. Michael Noland (D-Elgin) recently proposed a constitutional amendment that would have required the state to implement a plan for universal health care by May 31, 2014.

But along with several others, the amendment was sent to an empty the senate Executive Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments, which doesn’t have any members or scheduled meetings, in what experts say is a common move to sweep away a piece of proposed legislation.

  • Captain America

    …hope this EXCLUEDS them illegal crimmal invaders from any type of heath care…i mean the indians use to go out in the woods to have a baby, and the old would just jgo for a long walk and never return…illegals go home promes

  • Give the bill to the rich

    Listen up stupid. They don’t look for an insurance company because you have to pay an insurance company. They, like most blacks, just want every thing for free. Gimme, Gimme.

  • southside

    Hey Rep Flowers, listen carefully. Folks are asking for access to FREE healthcare. There are plenty of healthcare outlets available if you want to pay for it. Illinois cannot afford FREE healtcare for everyone. The two comments above are spot on. No illegals should get FREE anything, and your constituents want it FREE.

    Stop the madness, cut the spending.


    Gimme, Gimme, Gimme, you owe me !!!!!! How dare you have things from working all your life. Gimmee, Gimmeeeee,Gimmeeeeeeee !!!!!!!!!!! You just have to love these Demo’s !!! Illinois,Land of Ill-repute !!!!!!

  • James West

    My health insurance should be free because most of the money I pay in taxes pay to send your ungrateful little brats to public school for free, therefore I feel entitled to free healthcare in exchange.

  • Jerry Harness

    PLease. Everyone knows we can’t afford this. Healthcare is for the rich and not something for everyday Americans. Heck. I make $20k a years, and health insurance for my family is about $12k a year, which is more than my mortage and doesn’t even come close to covering all my costs. I can’t afford insurance, and for my kids, the cost will be double by the time they grow up, while pay rates will remain the same.

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