Chicago's health commissioner pointed out proposed reforms could affect Chicago differently than other communities, especially in terms of emergency room care.
"Most of the trauma in the United States is car accidents and falls. In our community here, we see more penetrating trauma like gunshot wounds and stabbings. These things are extremely expensive, and the reason why our trauma centers close is, when you have people showing up who do not have insurance, you cannot afford that service," said Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Dept. of Public Health.