Huckabee Criticizes Bush's Medicaid Cuts

FEBRUARY 28, 2005 - Posted at 7:41 a.m. CST

WASHINGTON - Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has joined with other governors to denounce President Bush's Medicaid budget cuts.

Huckabee says states can't absorb the costs the federal government wants to shift and still provide important services.

Medicaid is the federally funded and state-run health care program for the poor.  Members of the National Governors Association scheduled a meeting with Bush with Medicaid expected to be a key topic.

Huckabee is a Republican, but he wants a bipartisan effort in opposing the proposed Medicaid cuts.

Governors Association chairman Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia, said states would not accept the cuts, which are to be spread out over ten years.

Huckabee is slated to take over for Warner as chairman of the national group this summer for a one-year term.

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