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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.

6 Comments

  1. david esmay

    October 28, 2011 at 8:23 am

    Thom Tillis, Phd., Bovine Scatology.

  2. Jack

    October 28, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Speaker Tillis is correct. A lot of cuts “… were made in consultation with the Secretary and the Department of Health and Human Services, … ,” however, DHHS was bullied or “consulted” into making the cuts.

  3. Eunice

    October 28, 2011 at 9:16 am

    The growth in recent years of the Medicaid program is not sustainable without breaking the states.

  4. david esmay

    October 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm

    Really Eunice? I’m glad my mother lives in Iowa, where even rethuglicans won’t cut the throats of seniors.

  5. Frances Jenkins

    October 28, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Many, many state are looking at cuts and I would be shocked if Iowa was not. We are heading for a status like Greece or Italy. Something has to be done. Do not use the poor, children or Jesus. Democrats have destoryed this state, the political system and education. This is about your professional career, not about helping people.

  6. david esmay

    November 9, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    My professional career? I’m a concrete finisher by trade.