Tuesday, March 27, 2018

The Trump Administration is targeting Medicaid

The Trump Administration is targeting Medicaid once again this time they’re threatening our lifetime limits on health coverage.
Trump's budget for the poor, elders and the middleclass.
Building a useless wall and drastically reducing our Medicare and Medicaid Healthcare!
If Donald Trump’s administration could do anything it wanted in health care, this is what it would do, as told by the FY 2019 budget the White House released Monday.
Repeal/replace Obamacare and overhaul Medicaid with Graham-Cassidy — but harsher
At least officially, Trump isn’t giving up on repealing the Affordable Care Act. The budget proposes enacting a repeal-and-replace bill that closely resembles the plan put forward by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) last fall, which would have turned much of Obamacare’s funding for Medicaid expansion and premium subsidies into block grants for states to create their own health care programs. It would also overhaul Medicaid with a per-person spending cap.
That plan, you will recall, was projected to lead to 20 million fewer Americans having health insurance in 2026, versus Obamacare, and a $215 billion cut to federal health care spending over 10 years.
This is a good time to note that presidents’ budgets don’t have any force of law and are rarely acted upon. Nevertheless, they are a window into the administration’s priorities and can set the table for future policymaking — say, if Republicans expand their Senate majority in 2019.
The Trump proposal implements the deepest possible cuts for Medicaid and the Graham-Cassidy block grants, picking the lowest of the available growth rates (the regular Consumer Price Index, which is lower than the medical CPI) for the block grants.

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