Political Correction

Study: GOP Budget Will Kick Up To 44 Million Poor People Off Insurance

May 10, 2011 4:49 pm ET - by Salvatore Colleluori

Rep. Paul Ryan

Throughout the course of the 112th Congress, Republicans have attempted to dismantle the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) piece by piece. Under PPACA, 32 million more Americans would receive health insurance, meaning that 94 percent of legal nonelderly American residents would be covered. By contrast, the budget passed by House Republicans would not only completely abolish PPACA — keeping those 32 million Americans uninsured — but would also dismantle Medicare and Medicaid.

A study released today by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute found that if the GOP budget were enacted, enrollment in Medicaid could fall by nearly 58 percent. As the Huffington Post explains, the cuts "would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured."

The House Republican budget would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured as the federal government cuts states' Medicaid funding by about one-third over the next 10 years, nonpartisan groups said in a report issued Tuesday.

The analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation and the Urban Institute concluded that Medicaid's role as the nation's safety net health care program would be "significantly compromised" under the GOP budget, "with no obvious alternative to take its place." [...]

Under current laws, Medicaid is expected to cover 76 million people in 2021, the end of the ten-year estimating window used in federal budgeting. Of those, some 17 million would gain coverage under Obama's expansion.

The study estimated that 36 million to 44 million people would lose coverage from the combined impact of the block grant and repealing Obama's law. Researchers said they gave a range to account for different approaches that states might take to reduce their Medicaid rolls. Under the worst case scenario, Medicaid enrollment would plunge by nearly 60 percent from current projected levels.

When the GOP budget came up for a vote, almost every Republican member of the House of Representatives voted for the resolution. Despite Republican claims about 'strengthening' the social safety net, Republicans have chosen to go after these much needed resources instead of supporting the president in his goal to insure all Americans.

For more on how the GOP's budget targets the disadvantaged, read our full fact check.

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