Sen. Mark Kirk says his debilitating stroke has sparked a new interest in the experience of people on Medicaid. The IL Republican returned to Capitol Hill Thursday for the first time in a year. In a Chicago Sun-Times interview Kirk said that most IL residents insured through the low-income health program would be eligible for just 11 rehabilitation sessions following a stroke.
"Had I been limited to that I would have had no chance to recover like I did. So unlike before suffering the stroke, I'm much more focused on Medicaid and what my fellow citizens face," Kirk told the Sun Times.
"I will look much more carefully at the Illinois Medicaid program to see how my fellow citizens are being cared for who have no income and if they suffer from a stroke," Kirk said.
Not everyone's impressed with Kirk's change of heart on the social insurance program. Tweeted Daily Kos founder Markos Moulitsas (@markos): "Sen. Kirk says stroke changed perspective on Medicaid. GOPers shouldn't have to get strokes to learn compassion".
Via The Chicago Sun-Times.