WBEZ’s Kristen Schorsch tells the story of Esperanza Villalobos and many more like her who rely on public hospitals in Cook County for critical health care. New data show that public hospitals are providing more and more free health care, while other private hospitals are providing less. Schorsch talks with host Becky Vevea about why that is and what the consequences are when the safety net starts fraying.
Each week at On Background, WBEZ’s team of political reporters brings you the backstory on the week’s big story. Host Becky Vevea and guests take you inside the back rooms of Chicago and Illinois government to better understand the people, places and forces shaping today’s politics. Find more episodes and where to subscribe here.