Three Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Push Health-Care Plans

Aug 3, 2017
Originally published on August 3, 2017 8:34 am

Several Democrats running for governor of Illinois are proposing the state enact universal healthcare.

J.B. Pritzker is the latest to bring out a plan. He wants to let anyone buy into the Medicaid program, which is currently limited to the poor, elderly and disabled. 

However, two other Democratic candidates said Pritzker's plan doesn't go far enough. State Sen. Daniel Biss of Evanston and Chicago Ald. Ameya Pawar said Illinois should create its own single-payer plan. That’s where all healthcare is paid for by the government, instead of private insurance. 

Pritzker also supports single-payer, but he said it’s an issue for the federal government.

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