Many believe that Illinois legislators were lackadaisical about creating a health care exchange because they thought the individual mandate would be struck down by the Supreme Court. Now that they’re sure it will stand, it’s time to figure out what the exchange will mean and how we’ll manage to comply before the federal deadline.
As the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act came down Thursday morning, politicians in Illinois and across America began to release their responses. Below are some of their statements, culled from Twitter, email and phone interviews conducted by WBEZ.
Obama says the decision upholds the fundamental principle that in America — the wealthiest nation on earth — no one should fall into financial ruin because of an illness. Presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney countered that "Obamacare was bad policy yesterday; it's bad policy today."
On Thursday, Eight Forty-Eight broadcasted live as the Supreme Court's health care ruling came down. Host Tony Sarabia was joined by several economic, legal and health care experts who parsed out the confusing jargon and explained exactly what this meant for Americans -- and Illinoisians.
The Illinois legislature had a lot to tackle this legislative session, so perhaps it’s no surprise they put off a vote on the creation of a state health exchange. Even though President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act requires states to establish them by 2013, Illinois lawmakers aren’t the only ones to drag their feet.