Hospital Group: Quinn’s Budget Will Undermine Health Care For The Poor

CHICAGO (CBS) — An official representing some 200 Illinois Hospitals is warning against the big Medicaid cuts in Gov. Pat Quinn’s budget.

As WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports, Illinois Hospital Association president Maryjane Wurth says if state lawmakers cut more than $2.5 billion in the Medicaid budget – as Quinn is proposing – health care for the poor will suffer.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio Political Editor Craig Dellimore reports

“The system will become very unstable, and there will be some hospitals that will not be able to sustain that level of cuts; that will close,” Wurth said.

But Wurth agrees some cuts – careful ones – can and should be made.

“We think that there are some real viable options for the state to at least close part of that (budget deficit), that we’ve shared with the legislator; we’ve shared with the Department of Health, and Family Services, and the governor’s office,” Wurth said.

WBBM Newsradio will examine the challenges facing hospitals this weekend on “At Issue.” Listen for it Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m.

  • Jim

    With the state’s budget as bad as it is, cuts need to be made. I’m actually surprised to see a Democrat who sees cutting spending as a way to help the budget. Usually they want to spend more and raise taxes to pay for it. I have to side with Quinn on this one!

  • tom sharp

    If they lay off the drugs and booze, there will be plenty of money left to help those that deserve it!

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