As we have discussed, the Senate version of the Republican plan to strip health insurance from tens of millions of people to pay for an upper-class tax cut somehow manages to be even more disgusting than the House version:
The core of the Senate bill, like the House version, is a massive cut to Medicaid, which millions of low income Americans rely on for health care coverage. The Senate bill will reportedly phase out the expansion of Medicaid under Obamacare, although the process won’t start until 2021. In the end, the impact is the same. The Congressional Budget Office found that rolling back Medicaid expansion would cost 14 million people their health insurance.
But the Senate bill makes even deeper, more dramatic cuts to Medicaid that, over time, would leave more low income Americans without health coverage. Instead of a program that pays for health coverage for people who need it, the House and Senate versions of the Republican health care bill place per capita caps on the program. In other words, the federal government will only send states, who administer the program, a certain amount of money no matter what the actual cost of care may be.
The Senate version, according to a report in Bloomberg, makes even deeper cuts than the House.
The poor and the disabled, for some reason, aren’t thrilled about this. McConnell’s response is very fitting:
Chaos erupted outside the office of Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Thursday, shortly after Republican leaders unveiled their closely guarded plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Capitol police were seen physically removing demonstrators, many of whom were in wheelchairs and holding medical equipment, as they chanted their disapproval of the draft legislation.
“No cuts to Medicaid,” they said, while blocking hallway access from McConnell’s office.
The Republican Party in 2017: “please let us sign your death warrant in peace.”