Republicans have been arguing that their health care bill doesn’t cut Medicaid spending. President Trump tweeted a misleading graph to make this point, and his spokespeople and various Republicans have also made this argument.
Their argument is a lie. FactCheck called it spin – and that was before this new CBO report.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement after the CBO released its report on Trumpcare’s impacts on Medicaid over the next 20 years:
“As brutal as Trumpcare’s impacts are in the immediate future, today’s CBO report reveals Republicans are hiding even deeper damage in the long term… That these staggering Medicaid cuts expand to 35 percent in 2036 is a truly catastrophic future for rural hospitals, veterans, and the next generation of seniors in nursing homes.”
“With Trumpcare’s Medicaid cuts alone, untold millions of Americans will be denied access to the care they need,” Pelosi added.
Here’s Trump claiming the GOP plan doesn’t cut Medicaid spending:
Democrats purposely misstated Medicaid under new Senate bill – actually goes up. pic.twitter.com/necCt4K6UH
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2017
President Trump promised that he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, but he is cutting Medicaid. Perhaps he doesn’t understand that he’s going to be signing a death warrant for people, but that’s exactly what he will be doing if he signs this bill into law.
I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 7, 2015
If Trump’s defense for flat out lying to voters is that he doesn’t understand policy, and there’s no one around him who can explain policy to him, he does not belong in the White House.
House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said in a statement, “Republican Senators who are still supporting the President’s dangerous health care legislation ought to pause and consider whether it is wise to stand by a bill that would cut one out of every three dollars spent on nursing home care, doctor visits, and services for those with disabilities and force more Americans off Medicaid coverage over the next two decades.”
“The impact of the bill over the first ten years was enough to force Leader McConnell to delay consideration this week,” Hoyer added.
As America’s baby boomer population ages, the cuts to Medicaid are designed to go off like a time bomb in the health care system. An older population combined with cuts to the system that pays for 60% of nursing home care will result in an aging population that can’t afford the care that it needs which will place a greater economic strain on the children and loved ones of these individuals.
Each time the CBO rescores this legislation, the news gets worse for the American people. Donald Trump and the Republican Party are lying and what they are hiding is a war against the notion that healthcare is a basic right. Trump and the Republicans aren’t passing a healthcare bill. They are launching an attack on the entire health care system.