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Dems Defend Medicaid Spending While Readying for Budget Vote
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About two hundred people gathered to push for funding for medicine and programs that keep disabled and elderly people in their homes, and out of institutions. 

"It's these people are out there for handouts. These are sick people who need help."

Bernard Fulcher depends on state aid for dental care, after chemotherapy to treat his Hodgkin's Lymphoma led to serious problems. Rell's budget proposes scaling back Medicaid to just cover emergency dental care for adults.

"If you cut out programs like this, people are going to get a lot of other illnesses, and it's going to cost a lot more."

Others criticized copay increases, transportation rate hikes, and changes in policy language that will make it more difficult to access services. 
 
They were lobbying legislators to reject the governor's proposals. And legislators were doing a little lobbying of their own.

"I need your help to communicate and call the governor. And call your state representative."

That's Senate President Don Williams, who needs the vote of every Democratic senator to override a veto.

House Speaker Chris Donovan described the current standoff with the governor as a fight.

"So we're going to fight for a budget that's fair, and it's going to have some taxes." 

Those new taxes could total around $2.8 billion dollars over two years, and will include a hike for high income earners. But details on the threshold for the increase and how big it will be have not been finalized.

The General Assembly could vote on a budget as early as Thursday. Rell's budget office says it's unlikely the governor will sign it.