Medicaid too Critical to Decimate

Posted on June 20, 2017

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It’s a harsh reality that the U.S. cannot afford to cover the current number of Medicaid recipients with the current level of benefits without raising taxes. And more people are being added to Medicaid as our nation’s age of citizens grows older.

Just how expensive is Medicaid? Republicans in the U.S. House were able to find $834 billion in savings over 10 years by drastically cutting the federal insurance coverage for the poor in the now notoriously bad American Health Care Act.

President Donald Trump’s budget suggests pairing down the program by (possibly another) $610 billion over 10 years.

In all, the AHCA and Trump’s budget could cut around half of the federal medical spending, more than $1.4 trillion over 10 years.

That budget blood bath doesn’t even touch the substantial investments states make in Medicaid. Missouri is cutting Medicaid in some areas like not funding the gap between the time a person files and the time Medicaid starts paying for Medicaid.

Providing healthcare to America’s poor is expensive. So for those struggling families (and yes, some single childless, and able bodied adults under the Obama care expansion), plans to gut the nation’s health insurance safety net will be devastating. The uninsured would be faced to wait until they are at death’s door for dialysis treatment at a hospital, to forego insulin shots to save money, or to no longer manage mental health problems with medicine and treatment.

So now the nation’s hopes fall on Senate Republicans operating behind closed doors to work on the side of reason in regard to health care for the nation. The Democrats have not been included in the planning sessions nor has the public been informed on what is happening behind closed doors, and the Republican Senators want to pass a healthcare act before July 4. There possibly will no public hearings on the Senate bill, and it has to go back to the House for final approval.

The goal should be to fix America’s expensive and ineffective health insurance system to include everyone without breaking the federal purse.

Reducing federal healthcare spending to relieve taxation on the rich is wrong.

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