Monday, June 26, 2017

WI expert explains Medicaid cuts Ron Johnson said didn't exist

[Updated from 5/23/17 - - Johnson don't understand, or care, that pre-existing conditions arise involuntarily at birth, or through the spread of disease, or via unknown origins. Yet he wants Obamacare cut further than does the Senate's "wimpy" bill.]
--------------- I noted in a post Thursday about WI GOP US Sen. Ron Johnson's obfuscation 
Ron Johnson, official portrait, 112th Congress.jpg
about whether he'd support his party's 'health-care'-cum tax cut plan - - (definitely, if there are deeper program cuts, apparently) - - and I included a link about Johnson denying that cuts to Medicaid were coming:
Sen. Ron Johnson said Thursday that he doesn’t see cuts to Medicaid spending in the new Republican health care law.
“From my standpoint, I keep hearing about these cuts in Medicaid. I don’t have the numbers yet, but what I’ve seen — I might define cuts differently, cuts to me is actually deduction in spending year to year — I don’t think anybody is proposing any cuts,” Mr. Johnson, Wisconsin Republican, said on MSNBC.
Setting aside the full-strength swampian-parsing that Johnson has totally mastered now that he's into a second six-year DC term, here are some facts from Lynn Breedlove, long-time Wisconsin social services expert and all-around straight-shooter, about what's in store for the 1,250,000 state kids, seniors and other lower-income Wisconsinites who are covered by Medicaid in line for Trump-supported, GOP-drafted 'reform.'
Recently, the House of Representatives voted to cut the program by 25 percent over the next 10 years. The Senate’s health care plan would cut Medicaid over a longer timeline than the House bill, but the cuts would be deeper because the bill changes the program’s funding formula.
In the House bill, our state would need to increase state spending on Medicaid (the largest program in the state budget) by 30 percent in 2021 to avoid cutting services. That won’t happen...
Not to mention: 
At the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, 54 percent of the patients have their health care paid for by Medicaid. Do you believe all those kids will get the care they need with federal funding cuts that big? I don’t...
And here's more that Johnson didn't acknowledge: 
And what about schools? In the 2016-17 school year alone, Wisconsin schools received $187 million in Medicaid funding for school services. The cuts Congress is considering would likely cost many school nurses, psychologists and therapists their jobs.
If it's a contest between Johnson and Breedlove, I'm betting on Breedlove, because he understands that a cut is a cut is a cut.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yes, it's a cut to the traditional Medicaid program for elderly and disabled individuals and a cut to the Medicaid expansion consumers currently enrolled in the Affordable Health Care. Senator Ron is trying to run a scam on Wisconsin citizens because he was in the writing room when the Senate Republicans drafted their tax bill also known as health care bill.