As we said, there's still time to kill this board, and to abort the new center. The House need not, should not, follow in lock step so Illinois revives this board and pretends politics won't rule its decisions if the right "professionals" are in place. With Illinois' history of meddling in health facilities expansion, and of corruption in the awarding of permissions, who believes that?Vote no, Rep. Schoenberg. We need effective healthcare, not another opportunity for corruption. Competition in the private and public sector is a good thing. We like a choice:)
Even some of the bill's supporters are skeptical about the board's long-term staying power. "I would like to see it go away," says Sen. Jeff Schoenberg (D-Evanston), one of the sponsors. Schoenberg calls the proposal "a methadone program" for the hospital industry. That said, he thinks "an immediate, abrupt termination of the board would have been very economically disruptive."
Friday, April 24, 2009
Vote No, Jeff Schoenberg
Tribune on health panel quackery: