On Tuesday, the Trump administration shared its budget proposal, “A New Foundation for American Greatness,” which would cut Medicaid by $1.4 trillion over the course of 10 years.
Part of the Medicaid cuts would come from the American Health Care Act (AHCA), a bill designed to repeal and replace Obamacare, which, so far, has only been passed in the House. The AHCA cuts $839 billion from Medicaid and defunds Planned Parenthood.
The rest of the Medicaid cuts come directly from Trump’s budget. Medicaid is currently an entitlement program, meaning anyone who is eligible can apply and states receive guaranteed federal funding for part of the program’s cost. Trump’s budget proposal would switch Medicaid to either a block grant program or a per-capita program, thereby limiting federal funding states can receive, which would affect the quality of coverage as well as the number of people who can enroll. Switching to a block grant or per-capita program would cut an additional $610 billion from Medicaid over 10 years. States would also be allowed to require certain Medicaid enrollees work to maintain coverage.
“We are no longer going to measure compassion by the number of programs or number of people on those programs,” Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Director Mick Mulvaney said speaking with reporters on Monday. “If you’re on food stamps and you’re able-bodied, we need you to go to work. If you’re on disability insurance and you’re not supposed to be, you’re not truly disabled, we need you to go back to work.”
Jordan Davis – The Mighty
People are sharing their stories about what this means for them in an attempt to put some empathy back into a healthcare plan that is more of a death sentence for too many. Here is one such story…
They did it. They really did it.
I want no advice or remedies. I just want to be heard.
If you could even find the fragments of my strength, they would be scattered and crushed. My heart has found a place in my throat and in my stomach. My eyes are crimson with tears.
I have, many of you know this, cancer, a cancer syndrome, neurological problems, intractable pain. Any one of these could kill me. Last night the so called leaders of this nation decided people like me can die. I will not call it anything else. I am not just expendable, I am a burden. One, not of my choosing. Laws said the bank I worked for, one of those “to big to fail”, could demand I apply for Social Security and Medicare, even after years of paying for disability and keeping health insurance. And now they have…
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