The current fiscal crisis of Medicaid in Illinois accurately reflects the future rationing and cuts to Medicare and other programs to pay for Obama’s signature legislation - Obamacare, which will effectively control one-sixth of the American economy in the very near future.
The Rockford Register Star’s Special Report on Medicaid in Illinois, “Medicaid: The unkindest cuts” is exactly what is going to happen when Obamacare is fully implemented.
Thousands of Illinoisans stand to lose health-care services because of more than $1.6 billion in cuts to state programs that serve the poorest residents.
The cuts include the elimination of payments for most adult dental services, the end of the popular Illinois Cares Rx program for senior citizens and disabled Illinoisans, new limits on prescription drugs, reduced eligibility for the Family Care program covering low-income parents, and tighter controls on Medicaid eligibility overall.
“The Illinois Medicaid system was on the brink of collapse, and we needed to identify $2.7 billion in savings to save the system,” said Mike Claffey, spokesman for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. “Without solving the Medicaid crisis this spring, the program would have continued to eat into the state’s ability to fund critical state priorities, including education and public-safety officers.”
The SMART Act’s plan to limit the number of prescriptions per Medicaid recipient to four per month, except in cases that receive prior approval from the state, won’t be fully implemented for several months, Parker said. The restrictions are estimated to save $180 million.
The Special Report is like looking at America’s future through a crystal ball, except that we can stop the implementation of over 2000 pages that will control more aspects of our lives than simply healthcare – just follow the series.