Senator Menendez Says "NO" To Cuts In Medicaid

While Medicare has been the focal point on most of the criticisms coming out of the Democratic Party against Paul Ryan's un-brave and callous GOP budget, many writers on C&L and bloggers on the left have been making sure that Medicaid is not left behind or served up as a main course for some kind of "grand bargain." NEC Director Gene Sperling recently destroyed Paul Ryan over his proposed Medicaid block grant cuts to it also.

It's nice to see Sen, Menendez jump aboard the ship of sanity with us and hold the line on Medicaid.

Cuts to Medicaid are no more palatable than cuts to Medicare, Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) told reporters Wednesday.

Medicaid advocates and some congressional Democrats are worried that Medicaid could become a more ripe target for funding cuts amid the political firestorm over proposed changes to Medicare.

But House Republicans’ proposal to convert federal Medicaid funding into block grants for the states “is not, in my mind, a plan that will find currency in our caucus,” Menendez said.

“While Medicare has been the focus … Medicaid, certainly in the context of block granting, is also not acceptable,” he said.

Millions of Americans depend on Medicaid and the fear seniors have over these draconian proposals that hit at the heart of their survival is real. Boehner is right about one thing. The time is now to keep the pressure on the Democratic Party and vote Conservatives out of office in the process.


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