An analysis released Thursday morning buttresses a growing body of evidence that the Senate’s Cassidy-Graham health-care bill would slash federal spending on health coverage and cause most states to lose billions of dollars in such aid.
According to the report, by the Kaiser Family Foundation, the Republican plan to dismantle much of the Affordable Care Act would cut federal spending on health insurance by an average of 11 percent between 2020 and 2026 in the 31 states, plus the District of Columbia, that have expanded their Medicaid programs under the law. The states that have not expanded Medicaid — all but one led by Republicans — would gain an average of 12 percent during that period.
As a result, states that kept their Medicaid programs small would receive an extra $73 billion, while the federal money to the Medicaid expansion states would be cut by a total of $180 billion.
And don’t forget, in the long run, everybody loses.
* David Nakamura reports that Trump’s outreach to Kim Jong Un continues:
President Trump announced an executive order Thursday granting the Treasury Department additional authority to enforce economic sanctions on North Korea and target foreign companies and individuals that do business with the rogue nation in Northeast Asia.
Trump said the new powers aim to cut off international trade and financing that dictator Kim Jong Un’s regime uses support its nuclear and ballistic missile weapons programs. The president also said that Chinese President Xi Jinping had ordered Chinese banks to cease conducting business with North Korean entities. Trump called the move “very bold” and “somewhat unexpected,” and he praised Xi.
“North Korea’s nuclear program is a grave threat to peace and security in our world, and it is unacceptable that others financially support this criminal, rogue regime,” Trump said in brief public remarks during a meeting with the leaders of South Korea and Japan to discuss strategy to confront Pyongyang.
He added that the United States continues to seek a “complete denuclearization of North Korea.”
Yeah, they’re totally going to give up their nuclear weapons this time, just you wait and see.
* Jennifer Haberkorn reports on the provision they’ve inserted in Graham-Cassidy to buy Lisa Murkowski’s vote by making it less brutal on Alaska and four other low-density states. The other 45 of you can go to hell, though.
* This should be fun:
— Mark Preston (@PrestonCNN) September 21, 2017
Can’t we get Jimmy Kimmel into this debate somehow? — gs