Spitzer’s Cuts, the Preview

Eliot Spitzer is presenting his budget to lawmakers right now in a meeting not advertised as an open press event, but they’re letting us in anyway. It’s essentially the same thing he’s about to say in a more formal speech he’s to make reporters and the public.

Spitzer explained his “hard choices” (health care cuts), but said that the state would now be able cover uninsured New Yorkers despite the fact that spending on health care will be greatly reduced.

“We will use Medicaid dollars to pay for Medicaid patients,” Spitzer said, as opposed to the program being a general subsidy for institutions whose continued operations weren’t necessarily justified by the number of patients they served.

1199 SEIU should have an interesting response to all this.

— Azi Paybarah

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