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December 27, 2004

The Roof, The Roof, The Roof Is On Fire

The difference between categorizing a post as Justice or US News is strictly arbitrary and strictly decided by me (obviously). This story is clearly one about justice. Shrub wants to balance the budget on the backs of the old and poor, especially those who are sick. He wants to slash funding for Medicaid and Medicare. I say it's time for Universal Healthcare. Socialized Medicine. Let's stop wasting billions making drug companies and HMO administrators rich. Let's spend it getting people well and securing jobs for doctors to the poor. I believe healthcare is a right, not a privilege.

"Bush Team Prepares to Swing Budget Ax", by Joel Havemann with contributions from Janet Hook, Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar and Maura Reynolds in the LAT

"Governors Unit in Fight Against Medicaid Cuts," by Pam Belluck in the NYT

Governor Huckabee of Arkansas, where nearly a quarter of the population is on Medicaid, said the governors' objective in the coming months would be to ask the federal government to "first do no harm."

He said the soaring federal budget deficit had made federal officials realize "their house is on fire, and they're probably so consumed with the flames around them that they're unaware as they look to us for water that our tanks are empty.

"Folks, our house is on fire too," Mr. Huckabee added, "and asking us to put out your fire is probably not the solution."

From the NYT article

Posted by cj at December 27, 2004 12:59 PM

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