[Unfortunately these cuts can be made without Congressional approval:
"But a Medicaid regulation can be made without Congressional approval. State and hospital officials say such a policy would probably be challenged in court, and Senator Charles E. Schumer of New York said that Congress might pass a law to block it."
It is conceivable that the Courts and sufficient numbers in Congress to sustain a Presidential veto could leave NY's most needy medical people stranded with inadequate care.Â Pretty ironic, given that all other industrialized democracies operate with single payer systems -- more efficient, less costly, and services provided regardless of wealth or income differences.Â Ed Kent]
New York Public Hospitals Fear Proposed Medicaid Changes
By RICHARD PEREZ-PENA
Local and state officials said public hospitals and clinics
would lose billions of dollars over the next few years
under a plan proposed by President Bush.
“A war is just if there is no alternative, and the resort to arms is legitimate if they represent your last hope.” (Livy cited by Machiavelli)
Ed KentÂ 718-951-5324 (voice mail only) [blind copies]