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Struggling states cut healthcare for poor before Obama can bolster coverage

Los Angeles Times, January 14, 2009

Despite President-elect Barack Obama's plans for an ambitious push to expand health coverage nationwide, states are slashing health services to their poorest residents amid the economic downturn. The unprecedented cuts in public assistance come as millions of Americans are losing their jobs and health insurance. In many cases, the cuts are so deep that even the massive federal rescue package being assembled on Capitol Hill may not be enough to restore services being eliminated, health officials warn.