Illinois Hospital Association Warns Of Consequences If Obamacare Is Repealed
The Illinois Hospital Association says there could be significant fiscal and human consequences if Obamacare is repealed and there's no replacement plan.
President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act a key plank in their campaigns. IHA President A.J. Wilhelmi says that could be an expensive proposition.
"Hospitals faced with cuts have tough decisions to make, and those decisions include laying off staff, reducing services, and putting projects on hold for infrastructure improvement."
These cuts could drain $11 million from the state's economy. Wilhelmi also says a million people are at risk of losing health coverage, and could have their care transferred to emergency rooms. That, he says, would result in patients with insurance subsidizing those who don't.