Why Gene Sperling’s Address to Health Action was a Big Deal
For many of us, the budget battles seem to be endless and without progress, yet advocates for Medicaid should know that their voices are being heard. The clearest sign yet came from White House economic policy adviser Gene Sperling’s speech at Health Action 2013.
The effort to ensure that Medicaid is able to serve lower-income Americans who need it is being fought at two levels. At the state level, governors are considering whether or not to expand the program as envisioned under the Affordable Care Act. At the federal level, the deficit fights have led to some proposals, notably the House Republican budgets for the last two years, to slash funding to the program well below the level it needs to serve even the current beneficiaries.
Last Thursday, while speaking to advocates at Health Action, Gene Sperling made it clear why these two battles are inexorably tied together. Take a moment to watch what Sperling had to say: