In a shocking announcement released earlier this month, Republicans have now decided to keep the existing benefits for Medicare, but to scrap medicaid.
Medicaid has grown over the past years. But the program’s growing cost has urged Republicans to provide the states with money in the form of “block grants.” These Block grants would limit federal Medicaid funds to a strict amount given to each state.
Vice President Pence told ABC:
I think President-elect Trump made it very clear in the course of the campaign that, as president, we’re going to keep our promises in Social Security and Medicare.
‘With regard to Medicaid, though, I will tell you, there’s a real opportunity, there’s a real opportunity as we repeal and replace ObamaCare to do exactly what the president-elect also said on the campaign, and that is block granting Medicaid back to the states.’
Former White House adviser, Gene Sperling, wrote in a New York Times op-ed this week urging Democrats to shift their attention towards the “quieter war on Medicaid.”
‘If Democrats focus too much of their attention on Medicare, they may inadvertently assist the quieter war on Medicaid — one that could deny health benefits to millions of children, seniors, working families and people with disabilities,’