Saturday, January 22, 2005

Bush wants to cut Medicaid.

You have to love Bush's priorities: what's first on the chopping block? The poor and the sick.

President Bush is readying a new budget that would carve savings from Medicaid and other benefit programs, congressional aides and lobbyists say, but it is unclear if he will be able to push the plan through the Republican-run Congress.

But lobbyists and lawmakers' aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, say he will focus on Medicaid, the health-care program for low-income and disabled people. Medicaid costs are split between Washington and the states.

Nothing like cutting into the medical care of sick poor people right after throwing yourself a giant party. Christianity in action, that.

Many expect him to propose giving states more flexibility in using the $180 billion in federal Medicaid funds each year.

George? You cut money to the states and now they have less "flexibility" than they've ever had. The States are scrounging for money even more than the Federal Government is, thanks to you.

Here's a radical suggestion: stop treating the public treasury as a personal pig trough for your cronies, and use the money for something that's actually decent and helps America.

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