October 20, 2005

Senate Republicans agree on health cuts, aide says

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Senate Finance Republicans,
aiming to find $10 billion in savings, have reached a deal on
health care budget cuts and will release details on Thursday
afternoon, an aide to committee chairman Sen. Charles Grassley

Senate conservatives had hoped to trim Medicaid, the joint
federal-state health program for the poor, by about $10 billion
over five years but moderates on the panel pushed for some of
the savings to come from Medicare, the federal health program
for the elderly. The House is divided over its budget plans,
with conservatives pushing for deeper spending cuts.