ILLINOIS POLICY INSTITUTE
Media contact: Diana Rickert (312)
Illinois Policy Institute on Supreme Court ruling: Repeal
and replace ObamaCare
Experts available for interviews in Chicago and Springfield
CHICAGO (June 28, 2012) – The Illinois Policy Institute
released the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court
affirming President Obama's health care law:
"The Supreme Court's decision to uphold ObamaCare – and specifically the
individual mandate – was a severe blow to restoring Constitutional
limits on federal power. Although other provisions are already
being challenged in federal court, now more than ever, we need states
to take the lead and protect taxpayers and consumers from this overreaching
law. Congress must repeal all of ObamaCare and replace it with
reforms that put patients first.
For evidence of how ObamaCare will fail, look no further than Illinois'
Medicaid program. This broken program already fails to meet the needs of Illinois'
most vulnerable. Chicago children with throat cancer have only a one-in-three
chance of seeing a specialist while on Medicaid (New England Journal of
ObamaCare, total Medicaid enrollment in Illinois will reach nearly 4.5 million
people in 2019 – three times the enrollment of only a decade ago. A
program that was created as a temporary safety net for America's most
vulnerable population soon will serve more than one-third of the state's
population. And the end result is the
president's signature law will make children with throat cancer or other
serious conditions compete with even more people for fewer and fewer
doctors willing to see them.
We urge Congress to repeal and replace ObamaCare with patient-centered
reforms that empower the patient and offer
Media contact: Diana Rickert
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making Illinois a beacon for liberty and prosperity for all citizens. As
a leading voice for economic liberty and government accountability,
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