David Dayen has the details, and it doesn’t look pretty at all. It’s bad enough for the poor in California; how soon is it coming to a CMS office near you?
AFTERTHOUGHT: this is beginning to scare me quite a lot. If there were ever any doubt that Obama intends to balance the federal budget on the backs of the poor and the elderly, actions like this by his administration dispel that doubt. And it comes at a time when I’m elderly, and headed toward being poor. No, I’m not there yet, but Mr. Obama could well send me there.
A couple of people have mentioned on threads lately that a Democratic Congress does better under a Republican president, because they have no hesitation to oppose that president when he attempts Republican actions. GOP presidents have their own disastrous characteristics… their propensity to interfere with a woman’s right to choose abortion is one… but apart from those things, we have at present a “Democratic” president who is as warlike as George W. Bush, as economically conservative as any right-wing nutjob you care to name (and more economically conservative than Eisenhower or Goldwater), at least as flawed on environmental matters as Bush, and a rampaging disaster on the most basic of civil liberties. Remind me, please: why was I supposed to vote for a Democrat for President in the first place?