As you likely know by now the Senate version of Trumpcare, authored entirely in secret by a cabal of white male Republicans and rolled out just days before the vote, contains breathtakingly massive cuts to Medicaid, the very popular health insurance program for low-income Americans.
Not only would the Senate bill phase out the very popular and successful expansion of Medicaid contained in the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), it would also gradually chip away at Medicaid spending thereafter.
More specifically, the Medicaid expansion, which covers low-income families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), would be phased out from 2021 through 2024. Beginning in 2025, Trumpcare would start cutting into the traditional Medicaid funding. However, in 2020, states would be able to receive Medicaid funding in the form of block grants, allowing state legislatures to do whatever the hell they want with the federal payments -- roads, pay hikes, pork projects, etc.
The Republicans want their supporters to think Congress is finally sticking it to the layabouts and freeloaders -- the "takers." Hence, cuts to programs like Medicaid are popular on the far-right. Shocker: they're wrong. Like always.
Here's an extremely telling infographic produced by The New York Times to illustrate the real recipients of Medicaid coverage:
Yep, all those "pro life" Republican senators are perfectly amenable to cutting off healthcare access for a significant percentage of poor children, disabled children and, well, all children in general. Once again, they're proving Barney Frank's theory: "For Republicans, life begins at conception and ends at birth."
But that's not all, the party that more-or-less branded "American Patriotism" as their own in the years following 9/11 are also plotting to cut off a not insignificant number of military veterans from their healthcare coverage.
An analysis by the Center for American Progress found that more than 440,000 veterans would lose Medicaid coverage by 2026 under the House of Representative’s version of the bill—however, the Senate’s proposal contains larger Medicaid cuts.
God Bless America.