- February 8th 2013
The Obama administration plans to use the health system reform law’s Medicaid expansion provision as a shield against funding reductions to the rest of the program.
At a Jan. 31 health policy conference, a top White House official announced that the administration would reject cuts to the Medicaid program during deficit reduction negotiations because “the world has changed and, because of that, our policies are being affected.”
Republican lawmakers have been eyeing significant cuts to entitlement programs as one of several mechanisms to reduce federal deficits, said Gene Sperling, director of the White House National Economic Council, who spoke during a conference hosted by advocacy group Families USA in Washington. Such reductions have included $830 billion in proposed reductions to Medicaid, or a third of its budget, he said.
Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, has cautioned that Medicaid and Medicare reforms need to be an [Read more]