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Davis Healthcare Cuts Not Popular

Governor Davis´ proposed Medi-Cal cuts are being condemned by health care interests, welfare advocates and the disabled.

They spoke out against the proposed cuts at a packed public hearing Tuesday of the state Assembly budget subcommittee in Los Angeles. Davis this month proposed taking $2 billion from health and welfare programs that affect primarily the poor, elderly and sick. His recommendations include a ten percent cut in state Medi-Cal payments to nursing homes, doctors and others.

A Davis spokesman says cuts cannot be avoided because of the huge budget shortfall.

Davis plans to release his projections today for the state’s two-year deficit, which he has said could reach into the “high-20 billions.”