CHICAGO (AP) -- Illinois lawmakers are facing two critical
decisions over how to fully carry out President Barack Obama's health care
Gov. Pat Quinn is pushing legislation to establish a state-run health
insurance exchange to help middle-class citizens and small businesses, along
with a multi-billion-dollar expansion of Medicaid to cover the poor.
The state's Democratic leaders generally have supported the new law, but
neither proposal will be a slam dunk for passage.
The Democratic governor is expected to get support from the hospital
industry and major insurance companies for the Medicaid expansion, since it
would bring billions of federal dollars to the state. But some legislators
object in principle to such an expansion of government programs.