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home : opinions : opinions   April 29, 2016

6/6/2013 9:26:00 AM
Letters to the editor: Health care on Illinois front more than frightening





Did you ever think your medical doctor would ask you questions regarding what type and how many firearms you have in your home? This happened at a routine visit to a local doctor. I learned it is part of this president’s executive action to limit gun usage, and he believes it is permissible under the Affordable Care Act (Obama care). Are doctors required to ask these questions? No. Are they strongly urged to? Yes, especially if they work for a hospital waiting for a backlog of Medicaid reimbursement. So what happens if you answer yes to having guns?
I suggest you think carefully about a previous answer to “Are you feeling stressed?” or you may have the IRS relaying information to your local law enforcement.  All medical information is now computerized and available to the IRS, the same government agency involved in the recent scandal of targeting individuals and groups with conservative values. To think they would not share this private information is naïve.
There is more disturbing news about health care on the state front. If you are a state of Illinois retiree and on Medicare, starting in January according to SB1515 you will be required to switch to a state managed Medicare Advantage program. This will be a replacement for Medicare and not a supplemental insurance policy.
This is especially frightening because Illinois has a poor track record for managing its current health care and pension programs. So why would the state want to take on another health program? My guess is so it can “borrow” from its funds and leave an empty IOU further increasing the state’s indebtedness.
It is no surprise the state of Illinois is broke, yet it continues to spend without reservation. In February the legislature spent $2 million purchasing land for recreation when it can’t take care of present parks. This May they spent $5 million on a home ownership program that helps buyers with down payments. Just recently our legislature passed a bill expanding eligibility for Medicaid. This will increase recipients anywhere from 300,000 to 700,000.
We are told not to worry because the federal government pays for the first three years, and then the state becomes responsible for a percentage after that. First of all, three years is not kicking the can down the road very far.
Secondly, Illinois citizens still pay federal taxes last time I checked.
Is anyone else regretting living in Illinois? We have the worst credit rating of all states, the fifth highest gasoline tax, and property taxes are due to rise if Speaker Madigan pushes through his legislation for downstaters to pay for the TRS.
The debt for each Illinois taxpayer is now $26,800 and the number of taxpayers decreasing. Does anyone care?


Linda Micheli,
Dalzell












Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, June 6, 2013
Article comment by: ronwood61

Is this lady being paid or is she just passing on the mis-information she has heard? I would have laughed except for the realization that some people might actually believe this BS.

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