Consequences of Cutting Medicaid

Consequences of Cutting Medicaid

The GOP plan for Medicare would turn the Medicaid program over to the states. Diane and her guests discuss how lean state budgets could affect a program on which many Americans rely.

It appears Medicare will remain a divisive issue into the 2012 election. While Republican lawmakers continue to embrace plans to overhaul the program, results of a recent special house election made it clear that task won’t be easy. Some worry Medicaid will suffer as a result of public resistance to Medicare reform. Congress recently introduced legislation that would help states cut existing eligibility for the program that serves children and the poor. But many low and middle income families rely on Medicaid to pay for long-term care. Diane and her guests talk about the consequences of cutting Medicaid.

Guests

Norman Ornstein

resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and coauthor of "The Broken Branch: How Congress Is Failing America and How to Get It Back on Track."

Julie Rovner

health policy correspondent for NPR, author of "Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z," and contributing editor for National Journal Daily.

Rep. Michael Burgess

Republican,Texas, 26th District

Joy Johnson Wilson

Health Policy Director and Senior Federal Affairs Counsel,
National Conference of State Legislatures

Ron Pollack

executive director of Families USA, a national non-profit organization for health care consumers.

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