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Press Release: Report: Medicaid Kids Moved to the End of the Line for Health Care Because Blagojevich isn't Paying Medical Bills on Time

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Report: Medicaid Kids Moved to the End of the Line for Health Care Because Blagojevich isn't Paying Medical Bills on Time
8/31/06

Children get Shortchanged Care because Blagojevich cannot manage taxpayer money

Topinka: "This report validates what we have been saying. Rod Blagojevich should not be promising people what he cannot deliver. When he cannot pay the bill, real people suffer."

SPRINGFIELD, IL. - Statement attributable to Judy Baar Topinka, Republican Nominee for Governor, regarding reports today in the Copley News Service that Medicaid kids are being moved to the back of the line for medical coverage in Illinois because the State of Illinois is not paying its Medicaid bills on time:

This report validates what we have been saying. Rod Blagojevich should not be promising people what he cannot deliver. When he cannot pay the bill, real people suffer.

In his first year in office, Blagojevich said he "solved" the budget crisis, but three years later the state is in record debt, Illinois has the largest deficit in the nation and now bills are being paid so late that Illinois children on Medicaid are being put at the end of the list for medical care.

The Blagojevich mismanagement on the state budget has led to this -- Medicaid kids are being moved to the back of the line for health care. That is wrong.

I support health care for children and have a plan that would pay the state's health care bills on time. And under my plan, everyone eligible for Medicaid will remain eligible for Medicaid.

http://www.judyforgov.com/MedicaidKidsMovedtotheEndoftheLineforHealthCare.php

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