While doctors and nurses are hard at work in her ER, the chief operating officer at Norwegian American Hospital reflects the “How does it help the patient?” sign on her desk– and knows what’s happening in Washington is putting health care at hospitals like this one at grave risk.
Cong. Bill Foster (D) 11th said “There’s a large number of things including a lot of the safety net programs that we’re going to be talking about today that simply shouldn’t be attacked. They’re already under stress because of the economic downtown, and now is not the time to cut them.”
Likewise federal workers, air traffic controllers and travelers at O’Hare worry about long lines getting much longer.
“Because the lines are long enough and the guys have got to do their job properly– so why are they being cut back?”
In large part because of partisan bickering—republicans took a beating here in Illinois Friday, accused of holding this whole thing up.
Cong. Jan Schakowsky (D) 9th said “It’s hard to see the way out– they have got to give up on this protection of every penny of wealth for individuals and wealthy corporations.”
Who’s to blame doesn’t matter much around here. At hospitals like Norwegian American, administrators are too busy worrying about the impact on their patients, and warn that medical treatment lost to the sequester, only gets more expensive down the road.