The Governor’s plan to expand taxpayer-subsidized health care hit another roadblock during the week of October 13-17 when Cook County Circuit Judge James R. Epstein renewed a previous judicial order banning state officials from using state money to pay for Governor Rod Blagojevich’s unilaterally expanded health care program.

The Legislature has rejected the Governor’s plan to expand state health care twice, but the Blagojevich Administration proceeded to enroll residents in a state-subsidized program. A lawsuit was filed in response and in April, Judge Epstein issued a preliminary injunction banning state officials from spending money on the program. Epstein’s decision was upheld in September by the Illinois Appellate Court and on October 15, he renewed his initial order.

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