Ohio Advocates Worry About Medicaid: Fiscal Cliff Discussion…

Ohio Advocates Worry About Medicaid: Fiscal Cliff Discussion…

President Obama meet up with a few Governors, including some White House officals and they talked about the staggering results that the “Fiscal Cliff” could have on the U.S. Karen Kasler a Statehouse reporter gives some insight to this overall financial affect that will sooner or later rear it ugly head to us some or another.

States aquire up to $575 billion in federal aid in 2011,  this is told by the National Association of the State Budget Officers. The budgets cuts that would take effect underminding the fiscal cliff without a deal is about $7.5 billion in cuts to schools, enviromental and other programs.

Federal funds which will go to Medicaid, are not targeted to be cut automatically. Republican Governor John Kasich, is one that he thinks will be seen by some lawmakers as a simple one.

So a few Governors spoke out on this all together expressing viewpoints:

Ohio Advocates Worry About Medicaid: Governors’ Thoughts

Gov. Kasich: “If you start slashing Medicaid in order to just get a magic number, there are two things that could potentially happen. One is they blow a hole in your state budget. And secondly, there are a lot of poor people that could get hurt. And I don’t like either of those.”

Medicaid is a huge chunk of the Ohio budget about 75%.

Gov. Lawson: “There’a a whole bunch of things that you just don’t know what’s going to happen, so you have to be concerned about it. And when you’re in the process of crafting this massive monster here in Ohio, which is billions upon billions of dollars, and then to find out at the last minute before you have to introduce the budget that maybe you lost several hundred billions dollars, that’s not going to be a joke.”

Gov. Honeck: “When the federal government is borrowing almost 40 cents on every dollar, I’ve believe that over time folks in D.C. are going to be looking at all the possible alternatives, and they’re going to have to come up with some revenue and they’re going to hvae to trim some programs.”

Honeck hopes that the cuts does not happen when people are trying to climb out of the recession into better jobs. He knows that if cuts are laid down on Medicaid, that it could seriously hurt to many if the state has to adjust to cuts.

Gov. Kasich: “As they work to avoid the fiscal cliff, they look at a Medicaid number that doesn’t really affect them, and they just cut it – pass it on to us. It’s just an easy thing for- it’s just a bookkeeping entry. Unfortunately can be – let me just not say that all of them would see it that way. But it’s just- you know, hey, we just saved $50 billion. But what was the effect of it is what I get concerned about.”

Vice President Joe Biden has been charged with talking to governors about their concerns about their budgets and the fiscal cliff, and Kasich says he has talked to him as well as to Republicans in the Ohio Congressional delegation.

Now it would be dam stupid if they made any major cuts to Medicaid knowing that people do need Medical Assistance of some type, but that just the thing not many up high over the average citizens seem to really give a dam about us in that regard…

Ohio Advocates Worry About Medicaid: Fiscal Cliff Discussion… 

(By: Jaye Irons)

Till Then My Motto: Stay calm, cool, collective knowing that the only thing that keeps you from making a difference in life is yourself strive for the best!

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