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How is this a "cut"?

By Bob Harker

AP) An early list of proposals from a task force redesigning the most expensive Medicaid system in the nation seeksto charge hospitals and nursing homes more as a way to cut New York's cost.

The above appeared on a Rochester news site, The link for the full article appears below.

How in the world is charging hospitals and nursing home morea  cost cutting move?!! After wooing the state's taxpayers with a speech revolving around a redesigning the way state government works, it seems the old doublespeak is alive and well.

It seems the governor does not have the guts to say that he isconsidering cutting aid to these facilities by 750 million bucks over two years. Instead, he buries this fact by creating a charge back instead. Any bets the chargeback will be called a fee?





Smoking tax revenue down in NYS

By bud prevost

NEW YORK (AP) -- New Yorkers have set a record low smoking rate for the state as reports show a slight rise in cigarette smoking nationwide.

A state Health Department spokeswoman said Friday that only 16.8 percent of New York state residents say they smoked in 2008, the lowest adult smoking rate on record for the state. Last year's state smoking rate was 18.9 percent.

The spokeswoman says officials credit the reduced smoking rate on a state cigarette tax hike last year, laws against indoor smoking and a campaign to stop smoking.

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention survey released Thursday showed just under 21 percent of Americans currently smoke cigarettes. That's a slight increase from the 19.8 percent who say they smoked the year before.

I have a good idea Guv. Let's give a carton of cigarettes to all school age children. This may encourage them to form a habit, and NY will benefit from the increase of tax money coming in. ( this is sarcasm for those that need an explaination)

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