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Budget Blunders

Posted on 02/4/2008 by |Archived Contributer | Comments

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The White House’s proposed federal budget came out today and it isn’t pretty. Among the ugliness is a proposed $200 billion cut to Medicare and Medicaid over the next ten years that just ignores the real reasons for skyrocketing healthcare costs and instead passes along higher out-of-pocket costs and potentially fewer services. Another painful cut comes in the $570 million slashed from heating and energy assistance, which would leave one million low income households out in the cold.
One ray of sunshine is some additional Social Security Administration funding, which is a needed first step toward eliminating the disability backlogs and improving service. But overall, this thing needs a rehaul. Thankfully, this is the first step in the budget process and Congress has the opportunity to do a better job.