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President Clinton Cites Autism in Convention Address

CHARLOTTE (September 6, 2012) -- Former President Bill Clinton, in his speech to the Democratic National Convention last night, referenced autism in remarks about Medicaid.

In a critique of the Republicans, Clinton said:

"They also want to block grant Medicaid and cut it by a third over the coming decade. Of course, that will hurt poor kids, but that’s not all. Almost two-thirds of Medicaid is spent on nursing home care for seniors and on people with disabilities, including kids from middle class families, with special needs like, Downs syndrome or Autism. I don’t know how those families are going to deal with it. We can’t let it happen."

The text of his prepared remarks is here.

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