Mark Brown: Safety-net hospitals endangered by Rauner budget knife

May 26, 2015

In a letter to a Springfield newspaper this past week, Gov. Bruce Rauner said he “might be new around here, but I understand what I was sent to do.”

“It was not to accept the dismal failure that our state government has become. It was to make Illinois the proudest state, the most compassionate state and the most competitive state in the greatest nation on earth.”

Sounds great. I’m just trying to figure out how that squares with what Rauner is trying to do to the state’s safety-net hospitals.

Rauner wants to cut $735 million in Medicaid spending to Illinois hospitals, reductions that naturally will fall most heavily on hospitals that serve the poor in Chicago.

The hospitals say Rauner’s cuts would force them to eliminate important services and, in some instances, even force hospitals to close.

Click here to read the full article from Sun-Times columnist Mark Brown.