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Governor’s Budget Plan Includes Deep Health Care Cuts

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Aired 5/14/10

Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget plan contains nearly $2.5 billion of cuts in health and social service programs. The governor wants new restrictions on Medi-Cal.

— Governor Schwarzenegger's revised budget plan contains nearly $2.5 billion of cuts in health and social service programs. The governor wants new restrictions on Medi-Cal.

The governor's plan limits Medi-Cal recipients to six prescription drugs a month. They would be allowed no more than 10 doctor visits a year.

Tracy Ream directs Neighborhood Healthcare, a network of 11 community clinics in San Diego and Riverside Counties.

"Many of the patients that we're seeing have chronic illnesses," Ream said. "And to try to limit the number of primary care visits is probably only gonna push them into the emergency rooms in crisis."

The governor's proposal also eliminates substance abuse programs, except to pregnant woman and kids. It reduces community mental health services by 60 percent.

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EarlRichards | May 14, 2010 at 5:42 p.m. ― 4 years, 3 months ago

Chevron gouged $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. Big business lost the fight to eliminate domestic violence funding, so now they are coming back with a vengeance. There is no funding provision for battered women shelters in the May Revise. Schwarzenegger picks on the most vulnerable, and not on corporate tax "deabeats."

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