In past articles I have written plenty about why the plan is bad; but this week I want to focus on Democrat misrepresentations of the plan, specifically regarding Medicaid. Completely contrary to what Democrats, RINOs, and the media have been saying about the Senate bill, it does not:
Shred, gut, slash, imperil, or eviscerate Medicaid!
Reality check: The Senate bill contains no cuts to Medicaid. That’s right. Zero cuts are proposed in this bill.
Under the Senate plan Medicaid spending is projected to continue to grow at an annual 5% rate until 2021. This means that in 2021 the Medicaid budget will be $85 billion higher than it is this year. Not only is nothing cut, but the growth will continue at the same rate as today.
Then there would be a three-year transition to a new way of financing Medicaid. And in 2025 the growth of Federal Medicaid spending would be capped at the rate of inflation.
So over the next ten years spending is never cut by even one cent. It would just be eventually set to grow at a slightly lower pace, but it would still increase every year.
These lies about draconian Medicaid cuts are so blatantly and demonstrably false that we have to ask why the GOP has failed to refute them and set the record straight. Is it because many of them really don’t understand that nothing is being cut from Medicaid, or is their silence just a ploy to perpetrate the charade and false narrative that they are really reforming Medicaid?
Some GOP Senators have even gone beyond silence and have expressed accord with Democrats that the current Senate plan is “mean.” They have joined Democrats in their claims that Medicaid has been gutted. These lies and hyperbole coming from both Democrats and RINOs have muddied the water and lead to confusion among low-information voters about what is actually being proposed in the Senate plan. The result has been that the debate over the bill has been conducted based on a false premise that Medicaid is really being cut and millions are being kicked out of the program.
Medicaid does need to be cut and millions of able-bodied people do need to be removed from the program, but that does not seem to be a part of the current Senate bill. Any reforms proposed in the current Senate bill are far too piddling and set too far in the future to be of any real consequence.
Allen Tharp is President of the San Antonio Tea Party.
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