Kathy Castor implores President Obama to not cut into Medicare and Medicaid to make a deal on debt ceiling

Castor also notes that in the state Legislature this past spring, there was a 12 percent cut to Medicaid reimbursement for hospitals and nursing homes for its current fiscal year, cuts she calls "distressing," when you add in the fact those on Medicaid and the uninsured have grown in the past few years due to the recession.


She adds that phrases such as "cutting Medicaid,""block grants" and "blended rates" are freely tossed around on cable news and the like in terms of finding ways to reduce the deficit, "but in Florida and many other states such policies would have extremely harmful consequences for my older neighbors, pregnant women, children and the entire state."


Many progressive Democrats reacted with disdain on Thursday when reports surfaced that the major entitlement programs were "on the table," as the saying goes for budget cuts, which could go as high as $4 trillion. The President sits down with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell again this Sunday as the clock continue to tick until July 22, which he has said is the date where a deal needs to be made to ensure that legislation on the debt ceiling issue can be voted on by August 2, the deadline that Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner has said must be met - with calamitous results awaiting if that doesn't happen.

On Thursday morning CL wrote that we looked forward to hearing from Democrats like Tampa's Kathy Castor about their reaction to published reports that in order to cut a deal with Congressional Republicans on the debt ceiling, President Obama was prepared to look into making major cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.

The administration has backed away from cuts to Social Security, but late Friday afternoon Congresswoman Castor sent a letter to Obama and House and Senate leaders saying that Floridians would be adversely affected by making substantial changes to benefits for Medicare and Medicaid.

Castor wrote,"Not only will huge reductions in Medicaid negatively impact pregnant women, children, and seniors' health care access, it will have devastating consequences for Florida's already unsteady economy."

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