He was responding to his state’s governor, John Kasich, who said rolling back Medicaid was “a very, very bad idea, because we cannot turn our back on the most vulnerable.”
That’s the same sentiment incorporated into the plan from Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) and Bill Cassidy (R-La.), which provides, “Each State will receive the same level of funding it would have received under the ACA if 95% of those eligible for subsidies enrolled. In addition, the State will receive the money that would have been paid for a Medicaid expansion. If states have already expanded Medicaid, the State can choose to keep the Medicaid expansion or convert that funding into subsidies to help individuals purchase private insurance.”
And let’s not forget President Trump promised to cover “everybody.”
Hmm. And all that concerns a single issue, Medicaid.
Meanwhile, The Post reports on the Friday meeting between Kasich and Trump:
According to Kasich and others briefed on the session, the governor made his pitch while the president eagerly called in several top aides and then got Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on the phone. At one point, senior adviser Jared Kushner reminded his father-in-law that House Republicans are sketching out a different approach to providing access to coverage. “Well, I like this better,” Trump replied, according to a Kasich adviser.
And so it goes. Trump once claimed that the White House was close to finishing its plan. Well, that’s not exactly right. The Post reports that “some lawmakers, state leaders and policy experts who have discussed the matter with either Trump or his top aides say the administration is largely delegating the development of an ACA substitute to Capitol Hill.”
But at least they have agreed not to repeal Obamacare without a replacement plan, right? Not so fast. The Wall Street Journal reports:
GOP leaders hope to push through Congress along party lines a bill now being drafted in the House that would repeal major chunks of the health law, according to Republican aides and lawmakers. The move would require use of the “reconciliation” process in the Senate, which lets measures that are generally budget-related pass with a simple majority instead of 60 votes.The first step also could enact some elements of a new system, such as expanded health savings accounts popular with many Republicans, GOP aides and lawmakers said. It could potentially include alternative forms of financial assistance for people with private coverage and states that want to maintain Medicaid eligibility for low-income residents. It would likely include a transition period designed to prevent people losing coverage abruptly. . . .Later, Republicans could look to pass other components of their health-care plan, potentially in a string of bills, which would need 60 votes and bipartisan support in the Senate.
Wait. Didn’t Trump say … oh, never mind.
The GOP needs to put its cards on the table: What exactly is the process for repeal, what is in the replacement plan and what happens if Republicans cannot get 60 votes for that plan? Right now no one knows for sure, or rather, no two Republicans can agree on any of this.