Gibbs Offers Californians a Reminder on Medicaid Payments

Posted June 22, 2009 at 3:16pm

The White House on Monday offered a rebuttal to Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), who suggested Sunday that cuts in Medicaid payments to help pay for health care reform would harm her state.White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pointedly noted that California has received billions in Medicaid assistance under the stimulus bill passed earlier this year.“As it relates to California, one thing to bear in mind is that the [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] has provided over $3 billion in increased Medicaid payments just to the state of California,— Gibbs said.Nevertheless, Gibbs suggested he was not specifically opining on whether Medicaid cuts should be part of the legislation.“It’s not up to me to sort of negotiate one way or another on that aspect of the bill,— he said.Appearing Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,— Feinstein said: “If you change the Medicaid rate, for example, it has an impact on California between $1 billion and $5 billion a year. Now, how could I support that? Because it would take down the state.—Feinstein also indicated that she does not believe health care reform currently could pass the Senate.