Friday, June 17, 2011

Rockefeller Vows to Fight for Medicaid

As Vice President Joe Biden and congressional lawmakers look for ways to trim federal spending as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling, Democratic Sen. Jay Rockefeller has issued a clarion call on Capitol Hill to protect Medicaid, the shared federal-state health care program for the poor and disabled.
A former VISTA volunteer, Rockefeller served two terms as governor in West Virginia before being elected to the Senate in 1984. Because Medicaid beneficiaries tend to be less politically powerful than seniors on Medicare, Rockefeller fears that they may be less able to fend off spending cuts as Congress looks for ways to reduce the federal deficit.

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