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Betsy Londrigan Dodges Question About Her Plan to Cut Funding for Hospitals, Doctors and Nurses by Nearly $800 Billion

July 6th, 2020

Non-partisan review: the Londrigan-backed Medicare X plan “would result in the largest ever cut to hospitals” and “could have significant impact on patient access to care.”

Taylorville, IL – Last week, Betsy Londrigan, Nancy Pelosi’s candidate for Congress in IL-13, held a press conference via Zoom. The first question Londrigan received was concerning her support for Medicare X, the Medicare public option plan, which achieves health care “cost savings” by cutting funding for hospitals, doctors and nurses by nearly $800 billion over a decade, according to a non-partisan review of the plan. Londrigan was asked to respond to the review, but dodged the question and stuck to her talking points instead.

“Londrigan refuses to talk about her support for Medicare X because she knows her plan would have dire consequences for health care workers and patients across central Illinois. The Londrigan-backed Medicare X plan would result in $800 billion in cuts for hospitals, doctors and nurses. Advocating for massive health care cuts in the middle of a global pandemic is dangerous; unfortunately, that’s Londrigan’s plan.” – Aaron DeGroot, Davis campaign spokesperson

Betsy Londrigan announced her support for Medicare X last fall. Since then, the American Hospital Association has spoken out against the dire consequences of the Londrigan-backed Medicare X plan, if it ever went into effect.

The Londrigan-backed Medicare X plan achieves health care “cost savings” by cutting funding for hospitals, doctors and nurses by nearly $800 billion over a decade, according to research conducted on behalf of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

The AHA also says Medicare X “would result in the largest ever cut to hospitals” and “could have a significant impact on patient access to care.”

WCIA-TV recently covered the AHA’s non-partisan review of the Londrigan-backed Medicare X plan in a news story covering Londrigan’s press conference: “[The Davis campaign is] also hitting back at Dirksen Londrigan’s support for a public option, or Medicare X. If that plan gets passed, a non-partisan review found that it could cost hospitals, doctors and nurses a combined $800 billion in cuts over the next decade.”

You can find the Davis campaign’s previous press release highlighting Londrigan’s support for Medicare X health care cuts here.

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