Is The GOP Trying To End Medicaid?

May 20, 2009 11:33 am ET — Chris Harris

It seems so. Taking away health care from struggling families in the middle of a recession is not only bad policy, it's morally reprehensible.

The GOP Plan Kicks The Poor While They're Down

On May 20, 2009, Sen. Tom Coburn, Sen. Richard Burr, Rep. Paul Ryan and Rep. Devin Nunes wrote an article titled "An Alternative to Obamacare" that appeared on RealClearPolitics.  It stated:

Currently, about 40 percent of doctors and hospitals do not accept Medicaid patients because payments are so low. This means that needy moms and kids may have health coverage, but poor access to health care. We remove the stigma from Medicaid recipients and give them the ability to purchase the health coverage and care they need from any provider. We preserve Medicaid for the blind, aged, and disabled and we eliminate widespread fraud in the programs. We do all this and still save states and the federal government about $1.3 trillion over the next 10 years. [emphasis added]

To clarify, Republicans seem to be kicking poor people out of Medicaid by giving "them the ability to purchase the health coverage and care they need."

Genius word master Frank Luntz must have advised Republicans to say:

"We remove the stigma from Medicaid recipients and give them the ability to purchase the health coverage and care they need from any provider."

Rather than the more accurate:

"Republicans kick poor people to the curb during a recession by forcing them to fend for themselves in the scary world of health insurance companies."

By only allowing "the blind, aged and disabled" to have access to Medicaid, Republicans are destroying one of the most successful safety nets in U.S. history.  Taking away health care from struggling families in the middle of a recession is not only bad policy, it's morally reprehensible.

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