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Will it be Medicaid or millionaires? MA residents call on Senator Scott Brown to choose!

Boston – With the clock running out on the debt debate, US Senator Scott Brown has yet to state his position on more than $500 billion in proposed healthcare cuts. Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates were set to call the question today (Thursday) in front of Brown’s downtown Boston office!

Will It Be Medicaid or Millionaires?

Boston Residents called on Scott Brown to Choose

While politicians trade horses over the national debt in Washington, those directly affected in Massachusetts are demanding to know where their Senator stands on the critical issues in negotiation.

A coalition of local Medicaid recipients, providers and advocates gathered today to ask a simple question of US Senator Scott Brown: “Will you choose Medicaid or Millionaires?” The call comes after weeks of silence from Brown on a proposed $500 billion cut to healthcare – cuts that jeopardize vital Medical Assistance funding while tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy enjoy a vigorous defense by many in Brown’s own party.

“Medicaid allows me to live independently in my home, and I depend on that funding every single day,” said David Sandison of Waltham. “I deserve to know. Will Scott Brown support me or the millionaires?”

Sandison this morning joined Stacy Hart of the Boston Center for Independent Living, healthcare advocate Amy Whitcomb Slemmer, business owner Joseph Rotella and others who demanded answers from Brown on the issue of Medicaid funding.

Whatcha gonna do, Scott Brown?

The President’s State of the Union speech: just a big dance

By Jack Hoffman

It didn’t take long, when I went to the local breakfast hangout, to be asked, “So, Jack, what did you think of the President’s State of the Union speech?”

Well, to be honest, I didn’t catch the first few minutes since I got deeply engrossed in one of my favorite action movies of the week, Transporter 3. … Instead of waiting for Bourne Identity to come on the telly, I said. Let me give our leader another shot at trying to make me believe there is still some hope. After all, some of the promises President Obama made to lots of us progressives he just hasn’t lived up to. So I decided to look at the new majority and what they are offering.

Take, for instance, all the cuts in spending. So what do you want to do? How about cutting, or even eliminating, discretionary spending? That’s less than 16% of the budget. This country is $14 trillion in debt – 18 % is for past military, or veterans benefits, plus the 80% interest on debt. The budget was $3 trillion in Fiscal Year 2009. You do the math … .

Neat: The President fell into that trap of cutting discretionary spending in any bill that comes before him. What the hell did we send our reps to Washington for? Bring some of that bacon home! Where are the states going to get the extra money for schools, roads and more? Continue reading The President’s State of the Union speech: just a big dance