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Are Health Care Costs Being Shifted to the States

Schwarzenegger, Paterson Criticize Health Reform Bill. Politico (12/30, Isenstadt) reports that New York Gov. David Paterson (D) and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R), “the governors of the nation’s two largest Democratic states, are leveling sharp criticism at the Senate health care bill, claiming that it would leave their already financially strapped states even deeper in the hole.” They want “congressional leaders to rework the Medicaid financing in the Senate-passed bill, warning that under that version their states will be crushed by billions in new costs.” Gov. Paterson has said that the Senate reform bill would leave New York with $1 billion in new costs, which Schwarzenegger predicts California would be left with $3 billion to $4 billion in extra costs. According to Politico this “resistance…underscores the anxieties facing states as they grapple with the prospect of a massive expansion of the Medicaid program.”

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December 31, 2009 - Posted by | Federal Government, healthcare | , , , , ,

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