Obamacare

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Illinois U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin had harsh words Monday for Republican proposals in Congress to repeal Obamacare and give states more responsibility in running Medicaid.

President Donald Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan have both said they’re in favor of so-called block grants; it would transform Medicaid into a system where each state receives a bulk payment from the federal government to pay for healthcare for the poor, elderly and disabled.

That means each state would have to figure out its own how to direct that money and what services to provide.

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Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner said he doesn't support a repeal of Obamacare without a replacement.

It’s a rare comment from a governor who has stayed away from saying anything in public about national politics. But, as Republicans in Congress debate the issue with President-Elect Donald Trump, Rauner says he doesn’t support a simple repeal.

“I don’t think it works very well to just take it away and have nothing to replace it with," he said. "I don’t think that works.”

The Illinois Hospital Association says there could be significant fiscal and human consequences if Obamacare is repealed and there's no replacement plan.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."

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An Illinois group is warning that if Obamacare is repealed without a replacement, there could be significant human and financial consequences.

President-elect Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans made repealing the Affordable Care Act a key plank in their campaigns.

That could be expensive, says Illinois Hospital Association president AJ Wilhelmi.

"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,” Wilhelmi said.

Catholic Diocese of Peoria

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has clashed with the Obama administration, particularly over the Affordable Care Act’s coverage of birth control.

Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky is hopeful that the Trump administration will protect Catholic institutions from having to offer birth control insurance coverage to employees and contraceptive services to patients. He disagrees with critics' assertion that the provision restricts women’s access to birth control.

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