Grassley: President is Right to Recognize Medicaid Access Problem in Senate Health Care Bill
M E M O R A N D U M
To: Reporters and Editors
Re: President’s letter to congressional leaders on health reform
Da: Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Sen. Chuck Grassley, ranking member of the Committee on Finance, today made the following comment on a letter from President Obama to congressional leaders on health insurance reform legislation. The President cited Grassley’s concern about Medicaid access. Grassley attended the President’s health care summit last week.
“The flawed Medicaid policy in the Senate bill is a disgrace for everyone who needs access to health care because it gives 15 million people a false promise by putting them in Medicaid where they’ll face challenges finding providers who will see them. There’s no question Medicaid won’t be able to provide adequate access. It’s good if the White House has figured that out. The question becomes whether the President is willing to cut spending in the bill to guarantee the poorest people adequate access to care.”
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