Thursday, March 03, 2005

Pulling Feeding Tubes to Give Tax Cuts to the Wealthy

As you read this, please remember that President Bush's budget proposal features hundreds of billions in additional tax cuts for the very wealthiest citizens of our country. To allow those unprecedented tax gifts, Mr. Bush aims to cut services to the poor, disabled, hungry, homeless, immigrant and especially to middle class Americans.

The comment by the Republican Governor of Arkansas, Michael Huckabee, is honest and poignant, and illustrates again that the Bush budget is not pro-life!

American Progress Action....'Pulling Feeding Tubes'

President Bush is proposing slashing health care funding for the poorest Americans, leaving cash-strapped states to pick up the pieces. The administration's budget proposes reducing the federal share of funding for Medicaid – the joint federal/state program that provides health insurance for more than 50 million low-income Americans – by $60 billion over ten years.

At the winter meeting of the National Governors Association, which ended Tuesday, the Bush administration tried to convince state leaders to accept the cuts in exchange for "flexibility." Democratic and Republican governors aren't buying it. Gov. Kathleen Sebelius (D-KS) said, "If flexibility comes with $60 billion worth of cuts,
that will give us the flexibility to cut off people from health care that they desperately need."

Sebelius echoes the sentiments of Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), who said previously, "people need to remember that to balance the federal budget on the backs of the poorest people in the country is simply unacceptable.
You don't pull feeding tubes from people. You don't pull the wheelchair out from under the child with muscular dystrophy."

Write to your members of Congress and
tell them not to let President Bush cut Medicaid.

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