Fact Sheet
December 2011

Defending Health Care Programs from Budget Cuts

As the federal deficit grows, more politicians are targeting health care programs like Medicare and Medicaid for spending cuts. But this approach would hurt families, seniors, people with disabilities, and state economies.

This series highlights arguments against cutting health care programs, including:

  • Cutting Medicaid raises health care costs for everyone else due to uncompensated care.
  • Reduced federal funding for Medicaid means fewer dollars go to state economies.
  • Medicaid improves enrollees' access to health care, health outcomes, and financial security.

Use these fact sheets to refute claims that cutting health care programs is the best way to reduce the federal deficit.