The Republican wants to reinstate cuts temporarily made to Medicaid in 2012 and later restored by the Legislature and his Democratic predecessor, Gov. Pat Quinn. That would eliminate - again - optional Medicaid services such as adult dental care and podiatry.
But Rauner surprised stakeholders by pushing further. He's proposing nearly $1 billion in payment cuts to health care institutions that traditionally have been able to fight them off.
Hospitals are a main target, shouldering $735 million in cuts. The Illinois Hospital Association says that's a 13 percent reduction that would hurt the economy