Letter to the Editor: Health care should be a right for every AmericanAs Democrats, we believe every American should have access to quality, affordable health care. The measure is sponsored by Sens. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana. "This is our best and last chance to repeal and replace the ACA". It also redistributes federal funding from states that expanded Medicaid, like North Dakota, to non-expansion states, according to the foundation.
On the other hand, states which decide to be the stingiest with their health care dollars - essentially turning their backs on those Americans most in need - could actually benefit from those block grants (but at a higher personal cost to citizens.) One fear is that poorer Americans, or those with the greatest medical needs, would migrate to states with more generous (liberal) health care policies. Republicans Chris Collins of Clarence and Tom Reed of Corning are waiting to see whether the bill passes the Senate. Lindsey Graham of SC and Bill Cassidy of Louisiana would convert federal health insurance funding into block grants for states and do away with coverage mandates. Tom Udall of New Mexico said on Wednesday.
Senate Republicans have concocted yet another last-ditch effort to eviscerate the Affordable Care Act, and they're once again courting the anti-abortion movement with a provision in the bill that would prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving Medicaid reimbursements for non-abortion services for a year and another that would make it harder for many buyers to get insurance plans that cover abortion.
Both of Alaska's Senators released statements Tuesday saying they are still reviewing the proposal. Why not a single-payer system?
"The Graham-Cassidy bill would significantly reduce funding to states over the long term, particularly for states that have already expanded Medicaid", Caroline Pearson, senior vice president at Avalere, said in a report issued Wednesday morning. Funding is set to expire September 30 for the federal government's program to pay more to hospitals, such as Erie County Medical Center, that treat a large number of Medicaid patients. The amount depends on the household's income level and other factors. Federal officials are expected to rule on his request by early next month, state officials have said. But even Republicans are wary of how many Americans would be priced out of the health insurance market, what burdens such a plan might eventually place on state budgets, how it might undermine the financial health of the nation's hospitals, and how it might impact the general health of all Americans.
"In some ways I think we're playing a political game without thinking of the people who will be impacted", she said.
"There's no talk of replacing any of that" Medicare funding under the proposed legislation, Cunningham said.
And Democrats representing New Mexico in Congress have said the proposal would leave the state on the wrong end of health care reform.
"It's really a slippery slope to open that door to all of this flexibility", Little said.