He is busily reworking the Senate health care bill in an attempt to achieve a better Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimate on the number of Americans who could lose their health insurance coverage.
Cuts to the food stamp program and the elimination of federal funds to states through what's called a block grant will also mean some meals on wheels programs will have a harder time serving seniors.
In my practice, more than 50 percent of my newborns and more than 40 percent of my entire practice are covered by Medicaid.
"All you have to do is threaten to defund the subsidies", he said Thursday on a panel in Helena organized by the Montana Nurses Association to discuss the bill. Of the 1,348,300 North Carolinians projected by the Center for American Progress to "lose" coverage under the Senate plan, 638,900 would no longer be enrolled in Medicaid. Health care is a literally a matter of life and death for people with asthma. Medicaid-funded programs they also save taxpayer dollars each year in avoided nursing home costs. Donald Trump and other Republicans want to reduce our deficit by taking health care away from millions of Americans.
While some conservative senators like Texas' Ted Cruz and Kentucky's Rand Paul say the bill doesn't go far enough, moderates are anxious about the impact of Medicaid funding cuts, particularly on opioid addicts who rely on Medicaid for treatment. One half of Medicaid recipients are children.
"I can not believe people are playing partisan games with lives", Blair said. With 52 Republicans in the Senate, McConnell would have to win over most of those "no" votes. Since then, my constituents have shared with me innumerable stories about how they or someone they know has greatly benefited from this landmark healthcare law.
The advancements achieved to create a healthier nation for all people, especially the most vulnerable people, will be lost if the current bills under Congress' consideration pass into law. My practice in Kansas City, Kan., sees patients with all types of coverage - private insurance, Medicaid and even those who are uninsured.
If you ignore the flimflammery of the GOP and realize that what is happening here is not health-care policy but a method of budget adjustment, it all becomes clear. "I'm determined to stop this bill, and stories of what's at stake for families in CT will help me make that case".
A lot of political campaign talk past year centered on job loss in the steel and coal sectors, but American communities with big health care companies could suffer similar fates.