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“The poor and dis­abled peo­ple who rely on Med­i­caid to pay their med­i­cal bills could be in grave jeop­ardy in this sour I’ve-got-mine po­lit­i­cal cli­mate. … The deficit-re­duc­tion push could also threaten the health­care re­form law’s aim to have states cover more peo­ple un­der Med­i­caid start­ing in 2014 with the help of greatly en­hanced fed­eral match­ing funds. Pres­i­dent Obama might be tempted to re­duce higher fed­eral con­tri­bu­tion rates as part of his $100 bil­lion sav­ings.”

—NewYorkTimes “Florida’s Repub­li­can leg­isla­tive lead­ers have re­jected mil­lions of fed­eral dol­lars to help the frail el­derly stay in their homes. It is un­con­scionable and sug­gests Tal­la­has­see’s lead­er­ship is ready to trade com­mon sense and de­cent treat­ment of Florida’s el­ders for purely par­ti­san gain. The fiveyear, $35.7 mil­lion grant left on the ta­ble ... means Florida won’t par­tic­i­pate in a com­pas­sion­ate fed­eral pro­gram launched in 2005 un­der Repub­li­can Pres­i­dent Ge­orge W. Bush. It pays for se­niors and the dis­abled to be cared for at home or at an as­sisted-liv­ing fa­cil­ity. ... Florid­i­ans should be ap­palled at the choices be­ing made by the state’s lead­ers.”

—St.Peters­burg (Fla.) Times

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