Sara Finger, executive director of the Wisconsin Alliance for Women's Health, speaks out against planned cuts to Medicaid programs on Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Scott Bauer)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican-controlled state budget committee voted Thursday to approve about $225 million in Medicaid cuts expected to result in about 65,000 poor adults and children leaving health insurance programs, either because they would no longer be eligible or they could no longer afford coverage.

Democrats on the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted against the proposal from Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, which along with other measures would come to about $554 million in cuts. Opponents, including advocates for the poor and uninsured, railed against the Medicaid cuts, calling them unjust and inhumane.

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