This series of fact sheets explains why cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce spending will hurt American families and the economy.
This blog was originally posted on the Center for Budget and Policies Priorities's Off the Chart's blog.
This blog was originally posted on Huffingtonpost.com.
Throughout this election season, there has been considerable debate concerning the future of our nation's health care system. With the elections behind us, we can determine the key policy directions that will likely shape health coverage and care for the foreseeable future. At least four are worth noting.
On Tuesday, America voted to reelect Barack Obama for another four years in office. It was a momentous victory, not only for progressives, but for the health care justice movement.
The Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute just published a study re-examining the impact that the 2012 Republican budget plan would have on state Medicaid programs. This is the budget plan developed and championed by Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan. The plan—voted for by all House Republicans—calls for ending Medicare as we know it, making deep cuts in federal support for Medicaid, and turning Medicaid into a block grant program.
Imagine a social service agency telling you, “Sorry, you are poor, but not poor enough for health care coverage.” For Sandra Pico from Florida, that is reality. Sandra works full time, making $15,000 a year, to cover expenses for her husband and daughter.
In the weeks following the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act, much of the attention surrounding the law has focused on the expansion of Medicaid. The Court made the expansion optional, and many conservative governors quickly stated their resistance to adopting the Medicaid expansion. Why, though?
Helps advocates counter arguments for increasing out-of-pocket costs for people with Medicaid.