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Chicago Tribune - Chicago, Ill.
Subjects: Health care policy; Legislation; Insurance coverage; Health insurance
Author: Garza, Melita Marie
Date: Nov 17, 1997
Start Page: 5
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Invoking the name of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin, a group of physicians and legislators Sunday announced they will seek an amendment to the state constitution to guarantee health care coverage for all state residents.

Despite the popularity of Bernardin, however, such a measure would face overwhelming odds against winning approval. Previous efforts to institute universal health care coverage in Illinois have failed over the years, primarily because of the massive tax increases that would be required to fund such programs.

The proposed "Bernardin Amendment" would use prose directly from the cardinal's 1995 pastoral letter to establish health care as a basic right of Illinois citizens and require the General Assembly to enact a plan that permits everyone in Illinois to obtain decent health care on a regular basis by 2002.

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