HHS Chief Insists Cutting Nearly $1 Trillion From Medicaid Will Help Patients – Slate Magazine (blog)

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.”


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