Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) has sent a letter to U. of C. Hospitals CEO James Madara about the South Side Health Initiative, a plan spearheaded by Michelle Obama which aims to send community members away from the hospital and to local clinics for non-urgent care.

I can’t imagine the letter will do much good, seeing as Dr. Madara thinks that providing care to indigent South Side patients is the last thing a research hospital like the University of Chicago’s should be doing, as he explained in a 2005 JAMA article. The article has to be purchased, but Hyde Park Progress explains the gist.