AARP CEO, Bill Novelli, made the following statement in reaction to the House of Representatives passage of the budget reconciliation bill:
Last night, in his State of the Union Address, the President said, "Keeping America competitive requires affordable health care. Our government has a responsibility to help provide health care for the poor and the elderly, and we are meeting that responsibility."
Today the U.S. House of Representatives has turned a cold shoulder to that responsibility by further limiting eligibility for Medicaid, a program that serves the neediest—the disabled, children, the poor and the elderly. It also approved a provision in its budget that will deny long-term care coverage to those who give money to charities, churches and family members in need.
Working with our members, AARP will continue the fight to have this ill-conceived policy reversed.