A New York Times analysis of President Trump’s new budget reveals that Republicans are continuing their attacks on health care protections, including guaranteed coverage for pre-existing conditions. The proposal outlines $1 trillion in cuts to Medicaid and hundreds of billions of dollars in cuts to Medicare, and “fail[s] to detail an alternative” to the existing health care law — continuing the record of every Senate Republican who has attacked access to affordable health care and voted to gut programs like Medicare and Medicaid.
Senate Republicans have spent years backing cuts to health care programs and efforts to tear down the health care law, and “sparked” the GOP lawsuit to end coverage protections for pre-existing conditions, maternity benefits, and more. If their lawsuit succeeds, it could mean “a wave of disruption as an estimated estimated 20 million Americans lose health insurance [and] insurance consumer protections crumble,” and “Americans over 65 would have to pay more for prescription drugs.”
“Senate Republicans’ health care record is defined by toxic votes and broken promises on benefits programs, pre-existing conditions protections, and more,” said DSCC spokesperson Stewart Boss. “This budget proposal is the clearest sign yet that Republicans are eager to continue their attacks on the health care for the most vulnerable Americans, and by refusing to condemn it, GOP senators are ensuring that their reckless record on this key issue will continue to be a drag in 2020.”
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New York Times: In Trump’s Budget, Big Health Care Cuts but Few Details
By Margot Sanger-Katz
February 11, 2020
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Even as Republicans try to delay the fallout from their years of attacking their constituents’ care until after 2020, they have been “vowing to try again” to tear down the health care law and still have yet to offer a plan that would protect their constituents if their party’s toxic health care lawsuit succeeds.
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