Removing the Smoke Without Breaking the Mirrors

Published October 10, 2008

Governor Blagojevich does not deny his staff refused to provide the appellate court critical bookkeeping data about the registrants for his scheme to provide free medical welfare for upper-middle-income families in Illinois (family of four making $83,000.) The governor’s health care support staff allege that records are now available that account for the cost and number of participants in the FamilyCare program … if only the judge would make a formal “freedom of information” request.

The appellate court decision confirms the validity of the circuit court’s injunction barring the governor from continuing to enroll citizens in a health insurance program that was never approved and budgeted by the state legislature. As the smoke from disingenuous health care bureaucrats recedes, the legislature must face the mirrors and realize that runaway government spending on unbudgeted, unapproved health care initiatives created by sole edicts of the executive are a formula for fiscal disaster in Illinois.

Ralph Conner ([email protected]) is local legislation manger for The Heartland Institute.