BUT DOCTOR STEERS CLEAR OF SPECIFICS
Democratic State Senate candidate Michael Hoeman stressed his experience as a physician in being able to handle healthcare issues, but made no commitments to try to expand Medicaid and steered clear of endorsing federal healthcare legislation.
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"I have consoled patients in my office who have broken down in tears because their Medicaid had been taken away. Without it, healthcare was simply not possible for them," Hoeman said in his campaign kick-off Monday.
But when asked about new potential federal mandates that would force Medicaid expansion, Hoeman balked. "I think we need to look at what our priorities are for healthcare and not just address this piece-meal. I think we need to look at what our revenue situation is here," he said.
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On House & Senate healthcare bills: "I think there are elements in each that are good and I think there are elements in each that are probably not workable.
Hoeman will likely face Republican Rep. Bob Dixon in a battle for Springfield's District 30 State Senate seat.
Last time a Democrat represented Springfield in the State Senate?
1942, Edward A. Barbour Jr., when it was the 20th District
It became the 30th Senate District in 1946.