THE TRUMP ADMINISTRATION IS ENGAGING IN OUTRIGHT FALSEHOODS WHICH, OF COURSE, IS NOTHING NEW.
Republicans Are Building An Alternate Reality Around Their Health Care Bill
By Dave Jamieson
May 7, 2017
Confronted with Trump’s campaign promise on Sunday, the president’s health secretary Tom Price insisted there would be no Medicaid cuts at all under the GOP plan, even though the cuts are undeniable.
“Remember that there are no cuts to the Medicaid program,” Price told CNN’s Jake Tapper Sunday morning on “State of the Union.” “There are increases in spending. What we’re doing is apportioning it in a way that allows states to have greater flexibility… to care for their Medicaid population.”
In fact, the Republican bill that was passed in the House last week would cut federal funding for Medicaid by an estimated $839 billion, according to the Congressional Budget Office. The plan would shift costs onto states by capping Medicaid payments per recipient. It would also unwind the Medicaid expansion made possible by Obamacare, which extended health coverage to millions of people in 31 states and the District of Columbia.
Price noted that the CBO numbers assume that the Medicaid program continues in its current state. He seemed to be suggesting that the program would become so efficient as to make the cuts cited by the CBO irrelevant. His assertion that there would be increases in Medicaid funding may be based in the idea that the per-recipient caps would rise over time, even if the overall federal funding becomes woefully inadequate.
“Imagine a Medicaid system that actually works better for patients,” Price said. “What we’re fashioning is a system that would allow states to tailor the Medicaid system to those individuals.”
“Are you actually saying that $880 billion in cuts … however you want to talk about that not being a cut,” Tapper asked, “that that won’t result in millions of Americans not getting Medicaid?”
“Absolutely not,” Price responded.
Republicans had no easier time defending what their plan would do to people with pre-existing conditions.
Obamacare forbade insurance companies from rejecting or charging higher rates to people because of their medical histories. The GOP plan would allow states to waive that provision for insurers, enabling them to charge much higher rates to those with pre-existing conditions. In states with waivers, there would be what are known as high-risk pools to help cover the sickest people.
“We have multiple layers of protections for people with pre-existing conditions,” Ryan said.
Ryan noted that under the Republican plan “you can’t charge people more if they keep continuous coverage.” But anyone with a pre-existing condition could be charged much higher rates if they had a lapse in their coverage for more than 63 days.
What’s more, high-risk pools have been traditionally underfunded, and the federal funding put forward in the GOP plan may not be enough to make the pools viable, even though a late amendment added another $8 billion over five years. Even some Republicans were willing to acknowledge this on Sunday.
Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) was asked on ABC’s “This Week” whether she thought the coverage for people with pre-existing conditions would be as good under the GOP plan as it is under Obamacare. “I think that’s unlikely,” Collins said.
“Let me just tell you, this business of these [high]-risk pools, they’re not enough,” Kasich said on “State of the Union,” and he started to laugh. “Eight billion dollars is not enough to fund… it’s ridiculous.”
NOTE: The essential problem here is that lying Trump and Ryan are no different from any number of other politicians who spin all sorts of crap to make it sound is if "Balck is White," "Up is Down," and rape is "Pre-Existing Condition," but what we're talking about here is hurting millions of Americans with their disingenuous spinning of the impacts of the Trump/Ryan Deathcare Bill. We can no longer afford to indulge these idiots with their "Alternate Set of Facts" reality. It's will kill us.
Can we all remember this come the 2018 and 2020 elections and why it is that continued resistance to remove Trump and his cruel Administration is so important?