A national liberal advocacy group is criticizing Illinois' Democratic governor's proposed solution to the state's Medicaid crisis. Families USA is issuing a new report that estimates job losses of more than 25,000 if Illinois cuts Medicaid spending by $2.7 billion. That's a reaction to Governor Pat Quinn's call for the Legislature to stop pushing unpaid Medicaid bills into future years. Quinn last week proposed cutting Medicaid projected spending by $2 billion and raising cigarette taxes to close the rest of the Medicaid budget gap. The Illinois-based Campaign for Better Health Care joined Families USA in issuing the report. Both groups work for affordable health care for all Americans and are traditional allies of Democrats. The report indicates the level of conflict ahead as state lawmakers deal with Medicaid.
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