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White House to Add an Additional $25 Billion in Medicaid Funding for States While California State Senate Passes Single Payor Bi

Posted Feb 01 2010 6:20am

When you look at this amount of activity here, it appears the California legislature looks at national healthcare reform as a failure here.  The State House also has a version of a single payer bill too.  We all reflect back on the “Nebraska Deal” where that state was given extra funds in order for the Republicans to “buy” a vote.  As our governor put it, they got the corn and we (California) got the husk.image

States have included this amount into their budgets too.  Our Governor went to Washington last week to discuss with the White House.  I do have to say I love that fact that our governor is an avid Twitter user too so I can keep up on some of this and I enjoy watching his life web casts too when I have time to catch them, again something those in Washington might think about a little as I certainly don’t receive any such types of updates here in Orange County where a Town Hall meeting is a chance phone call to join, that is if you are home and answer the phone when the call comes in.  

Other states such as Arizona are struggling too with the effort and the plans were to up the requirements to qualify for Medicaid, thus knocking many off the roles.  I find this interesting in the fact that we can’t fund healthcare, but the big salaries and expenses for football continue on?

With all the shenanigans that have gone on, no wonder the President had a straight talk with the GOP this week, let’s work together as a team.  I don’t know about you, but I’m a bit tired of hearing all the noise with no progress and yet the airwaves are filled with scandalous print, and I guess some folks are slow to realize perhaps what transparency is all about?  As you can read on here, budgets for Medicaid recently were created based on the “House” bill in Congress.  BD   

The White House will include an additional $25 billion in Medicaid funding for states in the federal budget to be released Monday, spending that Democrats originally hoped to include in their health overhaul.

The budget proposal underscores how the government is already adapting to the stalling of the health legislation in Congress. Some states were so confident Congress would pass a health bill that they included the extra Medicaid funds in their state budgets.

Even states with Republican governors who oppose the health bill factored it in their budgets. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the health bill a "trough of bribes, deals and loopholes" in his Jan. 6 State of the State address. Two days later, he included a $1.2 billion increase in federal funding for the state's version of Medicaid, called Medi-Cal, in his budget proposal for the 2010-11 fiscal year. That figure was based on funding in the House bill.

Even states with Republican governors who oppose the health bill factored it in their budgets. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger called the health bill a "trough of bribes, deals and loopholes" in his Jan. 6 State of the State address. Two days later, he included a $1.2 billion increase in federal funding for the state's version of Medicaid, called Medi-Cal, in his budget proposal for the 2010-11 fiscal year. That figure was based on funding in the House bill.

In the early months of the health debate, states complained that the health bill would add to their Medicaid expenses, since it called for expanding the program to a greater swath of the poor. That prompted special deals in the Senate, such as the one that covered the entire cost of Nebraska's Medicaid expansion aimed at winning over Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson.

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