I don’t know if this affects anyone we might know, but even if not, it’s shameful.
When sweeping health care cuts take effect Sunday, the parts of Illinois that stand to be hardest hit are the places where folks already are struggling to get by.City neighborhoods like Austin and Englewood, Humboldt Park and Pilsen. Inner-ring suburbs like Cicero. Rust-belt cities like Rockford. Whole swaths of rural Illinois. They’re areas where people make less, jobs are scarce and more rely on the government for help.Medicaid cutbacks mean hundreds of thousands will see health care benefits greatly curtailed, tens of thousands will lose coverage altogether and those who keep it will face higher copayments. The fear, critics say, is that it’s about to become even tougher to live in areas already caught up in a cycle of poverty