[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.  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.  Ed Kent]

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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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/01/24/nyregion/24hhc.html?th&emc=th

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