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Statement from Citizen Action/Illinois on Governor's Signing of Medicaid and Health Cuts Legislation

Date: 
06/14/2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   

For more information contact: Lynda DeLaforgue 312/427-2114 x 202

June 14, 2012

STATEMENT FROM CITIZEN ACTION/ILLINOIS ON GOVERNOR’S SIGNING OF MEDICAID AND HEALTH CUTS LEGISLATION

“Today’s signing of the Medicaid cuts bill by Governor Quinn may cause real harm to hundreds of thousands of low income, disabled people, and senior citizens in Illinois.  The Governor has repeatedly said that these drastic cuts were necessary to “save” Medicaid.  That was a false choice.  Saving money on the backs of the most vulnerable members of our community so that other low income people can maintain their health coverage is like asking Sophie to choose between her daughter’s or son’s life.  There will most certainly be casualties, especially due to the abrupt and total cut-off of the healthcare, which will now take place by June 30.

A better choice would have been to look at the full menu of options, including closing some of the most egregious corporate loopholes such as off-shore oil drilling, so that that everyone would pay their fair share.  It doesn’t take a profile in courage to cut the healthcare of those who have the weakest voice, and who have no deep pockets to reach into for campaign contributions.

Citizen Action/Illinois calls on the Illinois legislature to restore funding for Illinois Cares RX through 2020 until the Medicare Part D “doughnut hole” is completely closed by the federal government program.”

Co-Directors of Citizen Action/Illinois – Lynda DeLaforgue and William McNary