Here is the most interesting exchange after yesterday’s hearing about the shortfall in state Medicaid funding that may result in seniors and people with disabilities losing important medical services.
House Speaker Thom Tillis says the Republicans had no idea that their budget was counting on savings in Medicaid that were unrealistic. At least that’s what he told Laura Leslie with WRAL-TV
A lot of those cuts were made in consultation with the Secretary and the Department of Health and Human Services,” Tillis said. “Obviously, if we’d been consulted by them and said they weren’t possible to begin with, they wouldn’t have been in there. We’ll have to go back and look at those and react to them
But the Republicans were not only consulted, they were sent a letter telling them that the savings were not possible. Also from the WRAL story.
Even before the meeting was finished, HHS Secretary Lanier Cansler sent legislative leaders this letter insisting otherwise. “The true nature of these cuts was pointed out to you in letters from Governor Perdue dated May 27 and June 2, 2011.”
Whoops. Turns out they did know.
It appears the “Double Speaker” is at it again.