With some 75 million beneficiaries nationwide, including 1.3 million in Maryland, proposed cuts to the 52-year-old Medicaid program have become a key stumbling block as the Senate considers the health care legislation approved by the Republican-controlled House in May.
The dream of implementing single-payer health care across the Golden State comes with a gobsmacking annual price tag: $400 billion — more than twice California's annual budget. So maybe this is a good opportunity to look for another homegrown solution to the problem of health care.
A $3.9 trillion federal budget proposal expected to be unveiled by the Trump administration Tuesday will call for deep cuts to safety net programs like Medicaid and food stamps while increasing spending for infrastructure and a paid parental leave program.
During final negotiations, desperate to secure more votes from conservative Republicans and a win at any cost, Trump sold ordinary Americans down the drain. He gave away requirements that insurers offer "essential health benefits" in their plans. These benefits included maternity care (the war on women continues), addiction treatment (in the middle of our nation's overdose epidemic), mental health care, hospitalization coverage (you can get sick but you can't go to the hospital), newborn and
Rep. Andy Harris, part of the conservative Freedom Caucus that helped tank President Donald Trump's health care legislation, said Monday that Republicans needed only a little more time to reach an agreement and that he believes the House should return to the issue later this year.
Healthcare advocates and Democratic lawmakers in Maryland called a GOP plan released Monday evening to replace the Affordable Care Act a threat to coverage for more than 400,000 residents, while top Republicans including Gov. Larry Hogan argued changes to the law were necessary to preserve access to health insurance.
Public outcry against the planned repeal of ACA, coupled with the political ramifications of doing so without a replacement, has led Republicans to shift their vocabulary regarding Obamacare, but they're actions are clear. They're now using "repair" and "rebuild" as synonyms for "repeal," saying there's been a misinterpretation or miscommunication of what they mean. We know better, considering they unsuccessfully voted more than 60 times to repeal the ACA, strictly for political reasons.