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Community Clinics Worried About Governor’s Budget Plan

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Aired 1/14/10

Community Clinics Worried About Governor's Budget Plan

— Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's proposed budget cuts a variety of health care programs for the poor. Community clinics fear they would be forced to pick up the slack.

The governor wants to exclude about 200,000 eligible children from the Healthy Families program. His plan would also reduce enrollment in Medi-Cal.

Tracy Ream directs Neighborhood Healthcare, a network of 11 community clinics in San Diego and Riverside Counties. She says the governor's cuts would hurt.

"Many people who we see have chronic illnesses," Ream says. "Those are folks that are definitely gonna end up with many more problems, and be more of a cost burden to the institutions that provide care, and also to the state, ultimately."

The governor's plan depends on an extra $7 billion in federal help. The cuts will be more severe if that money isn't forthcoming.

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EarlRichards | January 14, 2010 at 12:10 p.m. ― 4 years, 11 months ago

Chevron earned $24 billions in excessive profits in 2008, as per www.tyrannyofoil.com. Schwarzenegger should put an excessive profits tax on these profits, instead of protecting the oil corporations from fair taxation, then, there would be sufficient public funds for all the vulnerable, people programs. There is no provision for domestic violence funding in the present budget. Big business lost the fight to eliminate domestic violence funding, so now they are coming back with a vengeance

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