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Libs cut health care coverage

Under Obama care it will be a race to the bottom.

 

snip-Reporting from Washington -- For more than a year, as conservative states have battled President Obama's sweeping healthcare law, California was supposed to be a model that showed the law's promise.

But the state is emerging as one of the biggest headaches for the White House in its bid to help states bring millions of Americans into the healthcare system starting in 2014.

Though still outpacing much of the nation, cash-strapped California is cutting its healthcare safety net more aggressively than almost any other state, despite billions of dollars in special aid from Washington.

And state leaders are pressing the Obama administration for permission to place some of the toughest limits in the nation on government-subsidized healthcare, including a cap on how often people with Medicaid — the healthcare program for the poorest Americans — can go to the doctor.

A decision on some of California's requests is expected this month. If approved, the limits could open the door to deep cutbacks nationwide.

"There are states that are bellwethers. California is one of them," said Jane Perkins, legal director of the National Health Law Program. If the federal government approves California's requests, other states are almost certain to seek similar treatment, setting off a "race to the bottom," she said.

 

http://www.latimes.com/health/la-na-california-healthcare-20110915,0,7723001.story

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Libs cut health care coverage

And AZ cut out most of the care for the poor over a year ago.  That is what the great conservative plan is all about.  Those poor folks don't have much of a voice so no problem cutting their benefits and save that money for the fat cats.  AZ has everything rightwing--Gov, state assembly and most law officials.

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Senior Advisor

Re: Libs cut health care coverage

Can you think of a better reason to keep government out of health care?

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Veteran Advisor

Re: Libs cut health care coverage

That is state govt.  With the healthcare reform, some benefits will be lower but nothing will be cut out because everyone will have insurance.

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Senior Contributor

Re: Libs cut health care coverage

dont kid yourself--look at the eu