Gov. Cuomo doesn’t even need to blink on this one, because we all want Medicaid reform in NYS. The way this story is being positioned by Dean Skelos is laughable; the Federal Gov’t is concerned about Medicaid fraud in NYS. We didn’t need “Rep. Darrell Issa’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform to issue a report saying we’re wasting billions of dollars in Medicaid money in NYS.
Why? It's well known Medicaid fraud is a fact of life in NYS. In fact all we have to do is visit ‘Medicaid Past’ for the answer, when then Gov. Pataki and then Deputy Majority Leader Dean Skelos proposed Medicaid reform legislation. It was in April of 2005 that the Republican Majority in the State Senate proposed to overhaul the way New York combats Medicaid fraud. After asserting the state loses enormous amounts of money because it does a poor job of policing the $45 billion program, Dean Skelos wanted to form a new State Agency.
At the time the Pataki administration and the Democratic majority in the State Assembly reacted coolly to the legislation. This isn’t exactly a new problem that sticks to Andrew Cuomo, as much as it does to Pataki and especially Dean Skelos, who hasn’t exactly felt a sense of urgency about Medicaid reform over the last decade. Yes Medicaid reform comes up from time to time, but to use this and other recent issues like ‘Gun Control’ as the reason why Republicans are growing cold towards working with Governor Cuomo is trite rubbish.
Medicaid abuse has a long history here in NYS, and Dean Skelos who has had a history of doing nothing about it, now has suddenly decided to jump on the Medicaid issue to make the Governor look bad on the heal of the Federal Government’s report. Well I guess he thinks we’ve forgotten his failure to get any reform accomplished in NYS over the last decade. Dean Skelos and Ed Cox both know you can’t blame this on Gov. Cuomo. It's time for Gov. Cuomo to lose Dean Skelos as a partner in his grand designs and tell Ed Cox to
sit in the corner.
Mike Flynn ‘Middle Class Mike’