Congress Passes Budget With Cuts in Medicaid and in Taxes

  1. Congress Passes Budget With Cuts in Medicaid and in Taxes
    By SHERYL GAY STOLBERG


    WASHINGTON, April 28 - The House and Senate broke a lengthy impasse over federal spending Thursday night, narrowly adopting a $2.56 trillion federal budget for 2006 that aims to trim the growth of Medicaid by $10 billion over five years, add $106 billion in tax cuts and clear the way for oil drilling in an Alaskan wildlife refuge...

    http://www.nytimes.com/2005/04/29/po...29budget.html?
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    This is where I can't understand people defending Bush. How on earth can they justify cutting money from Medicaid to give tax cuts to people who are well off??? How can he call himself a Christian when his budget targets the most vulnerable?
  4. by   BeachNurse
    Florida 'Caid must be doing rather well. All of the nurses, NP's, PA, and physcians in our department were provided new Sprint/Toshiba pocket PC's. They have a computer program that we can use to check whether our patients are doctor shopping and getting multiple scripts or whether they are actually filling their prescriptions. Must have been pretty pricey, but I suppose the goal is to decrease FRAUD and WASTE, which is rampant in Medicaid and to reduce medical errors. Might be a good investment in the long run.
  5. by   Roy Fokker
    I don't have a problem with tax cuts as long as there is proportional decrease in Government spending. The whole point of a tax cut is not to just have the cut but to also eliminate spending - something this current administration didn't do in it's first term.

    Personally, I wasn't expecting any different. Neither the GOP nor the DNC have shown themselves capable of trimming the Government.

    The Government spends $1million every 5 seconds.

    Food for thought...
  6. by   Spidey's mom
    Quote from BeachNurse
    Florida 'Caid must be doing rather well. All of the nurses, NP's, PA, and physcians in our department were provided new Sprint/Toshiba pocket PC's. They have a computer program that we can use to check whether our patients are doctor shopping and getting multiple scripts or whether they are actually filling their prescriptions. Must have been pretty pricey, but I suppose the goal is to decrease FRAUD and WASTE, which is rampant in Medicaid and to reduce medical errors. Might be a good investment in the long run.
    I agree with you here.

    The cut is in the rate of growth, not a real cut - more money is being spent just not at the same rate.

    I have no problem with tax cuts either Roy . . . but spending has to decrease too and that is one gigantic problem I have with President Bush. Spending is not coming down. And both Republicans and Democrats have their pork barrel projects and that drives me nuts.

    steph

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