Children, the most vulnerable of Americans, will feel the brunt of the new Obamacare replacement bill by the House GOP. The Hill reports that the new bill would result in $43 Billion being cut in Medicaid coverage for children over the next 10 years, according to a recent study.
The study conducted by Avalere, a healthcare consulting firm, found that coverage for non-disabled children would be cut due to a per capita cap. This new cap is the GOP’s way to implement new cuts to an already strained Medicaid fund that provides health care to millions of American children who don’t have access to anything else.
“Over time, per capita caps could significantly reduce the amount of funding that goes towards Medicaid coverage for children,” Dan Mendelson, president of Avalere, said in a statement. “While local control and more efficient operation of Medicaid programs are laudable goals, coverage and access for low income children are ultimately dictated by federal funding, and reductions of this magnitude could disrupt access.”
The GOP argues that these cuts are necessary to control what they see as too much spending on Medicaid.
The Congressional Budget Office discovered that overall, $839 billion will be cut from Medicaid over 10 years. These enormous cuts will be achieved through the new Medicaid per capita cap and ending extra funds to ObamaCare’s Medicaid expansion.
Parents across the country are afraid of what will happen when their child’s health coverage is cut. The fear is being felt across the board.
With cuts this astronomically huge, “there’s absolutely no way kids can stay out of harm’s way,” says Joan Alker, executive director of the Georgetown University Center on Children and Families.
Let’s hope the House bill doesn’t get any further, for the sake of our country and our children.
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