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CA Cuts Healthcare – Despite Obama

From the Christian Science Monitor:

California budget cuts deep into healthcare, schools

By Daniel B. Wood  |  Staff writer/ July 21, 2009 edition

Los Angeles

Deep cuts in government services including healthcare, prisons, and local government assistance are the likely results of the budget deal struck between Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers after negotiations all day Monday. The California legislature will vote as early as Thursday on the deal to close the state’s $26.3 billion budget deficit…

Monday’s compromise will cut spending by $15 billion, including $6 billion from schools, $3 billion from colleges, and $1.2 billion from prisons. Schools are to be repaid $11 billion if and when the state’s economy turns around.

Medi-Cal, the state’s health program for the poor, will be cut by $1.3 billion. And the state will probably take about $4 billion from local governments.

“This is a budget that will have no tax increases, a budget that is cutting spending,” said Governor Schwarzenegger in announcing the plan late Monday. He added, “We’re also very happy that in this budget we make government more efficient.” …

The plan also raises $4 billion in part by accelerating personal and corporate income tax withholdings and increasing income tax withholding schedules by 10 percent.

It includes Schwarzenegger’s proposal to expand oil drilling off the Santa Barbara coast for a revenue of $1.8 billion

Mr. Schwarzenegger claims to be a big supporter of Mr. Obama’s health care ‘reforms.’

Alas, his actions belie his words.

For if he truly believed in Mr. Obama’s plan he would be increasing spending in healthcare, since it would cut the deficit and boost the economy.

And yet Mr. Schwarzenegger is cutting healthcare spending. Why is that?

The plan also raises $4 billion in part by accelerating personal and corporate income tax withholdings and increasing income tax withholding schedules by 10 percent.

Also, given that Mr. Obama considers calls reducing tax withholding ‘tax cuts,’ should not these increases in withholding be called ‘tax increases,’ even though Mr. Schwarzenegger claims not to be raising taxes?

Adding insult to injury, Mr. Schwarzenegger also seeks to expand oil drilling, when Mr. Obama and everyone else knows that doing so will only hurt the economy and all those ‘green jobs.’

By the way, speaking of the Christian Science Monitor, will practitioners of Christian Science – who do not believe in getting any medical treatment at all – be nevertheless forced to have health insurance under Mr. Obama’s plan?

There is no exemption for religious beliefs mentioned in the bill as it now stands.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “CA Cuts Healthcare – Despite Obama”

  1. proreason says:

    “And yet Mr. Schwarzenegger is cutting healthcare spending. Why is that?”

    because he expects you and me to pay for it via Universal Health Scare…..just like every other libwit con game ever proposed.

    • canary says:

      good point, Pro.

      I think California should be Obama’s model state for socialism, as his choice of Indonesia as a metaphor for every country on the globe.

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    I foresee a 4 day waiting list at the E.R.s’ because of the “NO HABLAS” not getting their American Pie!!

  3. Georgfelis says:

    We’re missing some context here. What *percentage* cuts are we talking about here? Cutting 3 billion out of a 6 billion dollar program is a “deep cut” but cutting 3 billion out of a 70 billion dollar program is just a nick.

  4. There is no exemption for religious beliefs mentioned in the bill as it now stands.

    Of course not, for several reasons:

    1) It means that religious persons might put up a fight against forced abortion, sterilization, or contraception (surely to be pillars of Obama’s plan at some point, to “reduce costs”)

    2) It means that practicioners who object to any of the above might not provide “reproductive” or “death with dignity” services

    3) It means that people who, say, homeschool might object to government lackeys coming to their homes to inspect their health care practices

    There’s a plethora of problems when you add religious exemptions to laws…people might not let you control them blindly.

    And how would Obama be able to take over hospitals, clinics, and hospices staffed and run by religious otherwise?

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    What .. the IOU plan not work out to well for ya’ Cal-eee-4-knee-ya!?!?


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