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Jerry Brown Wants To Cut CA Medicaid 10%

From The Hill:

Liberal governor’s request for Medicaid cuts puts Democrats in tough spot

By Julian Pecquet – 07/20/11

President Obama and congressional Democrats have been put in a tough spot by California Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) request to cut Medicaid spending 10 percent

You have to wonder why The Hill gave such an incendiary proposal such an innocuous headline? But gee, all of a sudden, Paul Ryan’s Medicare reform proposals don’t seem to be so draconian, do they?

The federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) — and, by extension, the White House — must choose between helping a first-term Democratic governor who has been a leader on healthcare reform and signing off on a policy that advocates say would be devastating to people with disabilities.

CMS also has to weigh the potential fallout from the decision, since giving California carte blanche to make Medicaid cuts could open the floodgates for other states to make similar requests

In truth, a major reason 28 states are suing over Obama-Care is because they cannot afford to pay the higher costs for Medicaid, which Obama’s ‘healthcare reform’ shifts on to them.

The debate comes as California seeks to plug a $26.6 billion budget gap, the worst of the 50 states. To get there, the state last month adopted a bare-bones budget for 2011-2012 that slashes Medicaid by about $1.4 billion.

In a June 27 letter to the president, Brown urged Obama to approve the state’s request.

"California has enacted huge and extraordinarily painful spending cuts to close our multibillion-dollar budget gap," Brown wrote. "We did our part to reduce state and federal Medicaid spending by eliminating optional benefits, reducing provider payments and requiring beneficiary cost sharing."

Have they closed Medicaid to illegal aliens? If not, why not?

The letter asked the president to reject other cuts that are reportedly on the table as part of the debt-ceiling talks, including proposals to bar states from taxing Medicaid providers and cutting Medicaid reimbursements at the federal level.

California needs CMS to approve the cuts because the federal government pays a portion of states’ Medicaid costs. The state made its formal State Plan Amendment request on June 30 — the same day that the more than $10 billion in extra Medicaid dollars provided to the state by the 2009 Recovery Act dried up…

So ‘stimulus’ money went to Medicaid? How many jobs did that create or save?

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, July 21st, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Jerry Brown Wants To Cut CA Medicaid 10%”

  1. tranquil.night says:

    Another snapshot of a failing State to add to the Greece pile.

    I sincerely doubt there could be any sort of Medicaid fraud going on.

    Certainly it’s not being administered to support people who are openly confessing to criminal behavior. Whoever told you that is racist. What? A video? Lies and propoganda.

  2. proreason says:

    The only explanation can be total desperation.

    There are plenty of stories of men with legs irretrievable caught in landslides amputating their own appendage.

    But I view it as fantastic news.

    Thanks Steve. This article, which hasn’t appeared on many major sites has made my day.

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