It isn’t a surprise, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell kept his health care bill a secret because it is even worse than the House passed Trumpcare bill.
The Washington Post reported:
Subsidies are currently available to Americans earning up to 400 percent of the federal poverty level. Starting in 2020, that threshold would be lowered to 350 percent under the Senate bill — but anyone below that line could get the subsidies if they’re not eligible for Medicaid.
Yet the Senate bill would go farther than the House version in its approach to cutting Medicaid spending. In 2025, the measure would tie federal spending on the program to an even slower growth index than the one used in the House bill. That move could prompt states to reduce the size of their Medicaid programs.
In summary, here here is what Trumpcare (Mitch version) does:
NEW DETAILS OF SENATE BILL LEAKED:
-Medicaid cuts more severe
-Subsidies cut from 400 to 350%
-Much higher deductibles
— Andy Slavitt (@ASlavitt) June 21, 2017
Children and persons with disabilities are going lose their healthcare under the Senate bill. People will pay more out of pocket for their health care, and it is unclear at this time if preexisting conditions will be covered. The Senate bill does gut Medicaid, which also pays for 60% of nursing home care in the United States, and it will drive the cost of health insurance up for every American.
McConnell has lived up to the Republican goal of making people pay more money for less care.
This bill will be a disaster for healthcare in the United States, and it must be stopped dead in the Senate.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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