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Politi writes: "Slashing $880 billion from Medicaid will help make the program 'more responsive' to users, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said."

Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price listens during a news conference at the Capitol on March 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Health and Human Services secretary Tom Price listens during a news conference at the Capitol on March 17, 2017 in Washington, D.C. (photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

HHS Chief Insists Cutting Nearly $1 Trillion From Medicaid Will Help Patients

By Daniel Politi, Slate

08 May 17


lashing $880 billion from Medicaid will help make the program “more responsive” to users, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price said. During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union, Price repeatedly dodged questions about whether the cut in Medicaid amounted to a “broken promise” from President Donald Trump, who had vowed during the campaign there would be no cuts in Medicaid. The Congressional Budget Office analysis of a previous version of the bill said Medicaid would be slashed by $880 billion, which would translate into 14 million people losing Medicaid coverage.

When confronted with the cuts, Price repeatedly refused to admit that the health care bill would cut Medicaid saying the Congressional Budget Office used the Obamacare numbers as a baseline for its analysis. Price insisted, "There are no cuts to the Medicaid program," adding that resources would be doled out "in a way that allows states greater flexibility." Ultimately, he insisted, patients would benefit. “Imagine a system that works better for patients,” Price said. “What we’re fashioning is a system that would allow the states to tailor their Medicaid program to those specific individuals, thereby saving money, yes, but also making it so that they have a higher level of care than they currently do. That sounds like it makes a lot of sense.”

Price repeated the same logic in NBC’s Meet the Press. “What we're trying to do is to improve the Medicaid system, make it more responsive to patients so that there are more resources to be able to be utilized for the disabled and the aged. That makes a whole lot of sense,” he said. NBC’s Andrea Mitchell repeatedly tried to press him on the issue but finally gave up: “I think a lot of people wonder how taking more than $800 billion out of something is going to put more resources in it.” your social media marketing partner


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+10 # chemtex2611 2017-05-08 10:27
He believes he can hold the door open long enough to keep from getting his tail slammed in it. Good luck. Liars are not respected.
Is Price making himself into another GOP victim?
A victim of his own willful lying?
+8 # shosh 2017-05-08 10:28
This man is a physician? Then he is out of his mind or a pathological liar. I don't know if it is more scary if he believes what he says or does not.
+8 # mill valley maven 2017-05-08 10:53
The right-wing flim-flam artists use the word "flexibility" the same way they use the word "choice." Sounds like a good thing, until you realize they are weasel-words. According to these hucksters, "choice" is a good thing in education and health insurance (but NOT for women's control over their own bodies). Yes, they'll give you the choice among several flawed and broken systems, instead of just ONE that works...single payer). Then, it's YOUR fault if the choice you make doesn't work out so well.
+12 # giraffee23 2017-05-08 14:43
Even an idiot can see Price is a liar. Lying in official capacity USED to be TREASON. This entire Trump group are lying and even their supporters will go down with the rest of us UNLESS Somebody prosecutes each for each lie.

Why is America giving the moron (Trump) a pass on each wrong doing?
0 # Art947 2017-05-08 16:04
By the logic of these criminal minds, a multi-trillion dollar reduction in the budget of the War Department (there is no "defense" involved in their actions) would create a much more efficient and effective organization. Note that that would also free up many dollars to repair our crumbling infrastructure.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-05-08 18:49
Republicans are living out the fable of the Scorpion and the Frog. Wikipedia summarizes it as follows:

"A scorpion asks a frog to carry it across a river. The frog hesitates, afraid of being stung, but the scorpion argues that if it did so, they would both drown. Considering this, the frog agrees, but midway across the river the scorpion does indeed sting the frog, dooming them both. When the frog asks the scorpion why, the scorpion replies that it was in its nature to do so."

Republicans (and some neo-liberal democrats) have scorpion natures. They cut things like Medicare because it is in their natures. They have to do it. And yet, as they do it the party membership shrinks. Registered republican are now less than 24% of registered voters.

Somehow (Greg Palast knows this best) republicans continue to control government, but in reality that is just riding the Frog. They are stinging the frog every day. Someday, their free ride will end and they will all drown. That day cannot come soon enough, as far as I am concerned. It is their nature that makes them this way. They are a party of nihilists.
+2 # Wise woman 2017-05-08 21:22
I don't know why these guys are not already in jail on perjury charges. It taxes my brain to try to keep ahead of their doublespeak. Never in my lifetime, have I heard such twisted logic - except when I was dating a sociopath. My brain was taxed then but I was able to put him out of my life. This swamp is intruding on my life without my permission and affecting me personally. It must be drained ASAP.

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