These are cuts that will have teeth: The Senate's budget contains cuts for “non-emergency” dental care for 600,000 people; and health care for legal immigrants is out.
From MassBudget.org: (no longer have to read pdf's — thanks!)
The budget proposed by Senate Ways and Means includes significant cuts to funding for health care, although the committee asserts that this budget maintains open enrollment in the MassHealth and Commonwealth Care health insurance programs. Nevertheless, the SWM proposal removes from the Commonwealth Care program people who are not citizens of the United States. This would include certain special status immigrants who are here legally, but are not citizens. There is also language in the budget proposal that would eliminate non-emergency adult dental services and adult day habilitation services from coverage.
I don't think it's controversial to state that dental care is health care. And by cutting non-emergency care, it makes it a heck of a lot more likely that they will be paying for emergency care. No Deamonte Driver's here, but still … this is pound-foolish.
We know the budget situation is catastrophic (pace David Tuerck, who at the very least ignores the fact that we've got near-universal health coverage to pay for.) The Governor, Senate Prez and Speaker all seem to recognize we need new revenue streams, and we may need all of them — not just a sales tax increase. (And it ought to go without saying that we need $1 worth of value for $1 raised — pass those reforms!) Maybe these things will get restored. In any event, health care damn well should be a sacred cow.