Ex-governors on different sides of health care cuts

The Hill newspaper noted that former Gov. Mark Parkinson, once lieutenant governor to then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, is now fighting state and federal reductions in funding for nursing homes, including some related to the Affordable Care Act being implemented by Sebelius in her current job as U.S. secretary of health and human services. “She is very focused on creating the best health care system possible.… I think she treats everybody fairly,” Parkinson, now president of the American Health Care Association, said of his former boss. His industry also is worried about the deeper automatic cuts pending under last year’s debt-ceiling bill. “Nursing homes have just been cut too much, and we really do feel like there is a material part of the membership that is at a crossroads,” Parkinson said. “There’s just a certain number of cuts you can take and still move forward.”