WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the House of Representatives narrowly won passage on Wednesday of a controversial bill to trim about $39 billion from domestic spending over five years, capping a year-long push to cut health care for the poor and elderly and other programs.
By a partisan vote of 216-214, the House approved the bill, sending it to President George W. Bush for signing into law.
The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office this week said cuts to Medicaid spending would affect 13 million poor people, 20 percent of the program's participants. Many of those would be children, the CBO said.
The savings would include higher out-of-pocket costs for prescription drugs and other medical care for the poor.
House passes, sends Bush $39B spending cuts
|Quoting George W. Bush State of the Union:|
"Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility."
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So by cutting health for poor and elderly, we are being responsible for providing health care? I see...wait...no I don't see.
Does anyone see a problem/conflict/hypocritical thinking here?