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Monday, November 28, 2005


Democrats are divided on Medicaid cuts

Democrats just can't seem to sit down together and work out solutions to problems. This time it is Democrat governors and Democrat congresspeople who can't seem to understand that what is good for federal budget cuts is bad for state governments, and vice versa.

The Washington Post analyzes the problem in a story today:

Controversial House legislation designed to gain control of Medicaid growth has split Democrats, with lawmakers in Washington united in their opposition while Democratic governors are quietly supporting the provisions and questioning the party's reflexive denunciations.

The Medicaid provisions have become a flashpoint for the opposition of Democrats -- and some moderate Republicans -- to the $50 billion budget-cutting bill that narrowly passed the House last week. The provisions would reduce Medicaid spending by $12 billion through 2010 and $48 billion over the next decade, in part by making it difficult for more affluent seniors to transfer their assets to relatives, then plead poverty to get Medicaid to pay for them to stay in nursing homes.

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