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GOP Health Bill Would Deliver Tax Breaks to Wealthiest

23 June 2017

A supporter of the Affordable Care Act holds a sign during a rally in Los Angeles.

Medicaid is a joint federal and state program to provide affordable health care coverage to low income elders and others as well as the disabled. Research shows that when parents have health care coverage, they are more likely to go to the doctor, miss less work, and are better able to care for their children. Michael Enzi and John Barrasso to use their roles on the U.S. Senate's working group on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) to protect health care and insurance for 20,000 Wyoming residents.

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A vote is expected sometime before July 4th.

According to Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, Republicans plan to use a three-phase approach to repealing and replacing the ACA: (1) pass legislation under the budget reconciliation process; (2) take administrative action to stabilize the market, increase choices, and lower costs; and (3) enact additional legislative policies that can not be included in a reconciliation bill. And that has disability advocates deeply concerned. The broad opposition is due to its draconian features, particularly the gutting of Medicaid, the social insurance program for the poor jointly funded by the federal government and the states.

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That would mean $834 billion less in Medicaid spending over 10 years, according to an analysis from the Congressional Budget Office. This could lead to funding cuts for public schools and ultimately increase the tax burden for low- and middle-income families. The ruling elite sees the attack on Medicaid as the first shot in their war on Medicare and Social Security and wants to see all of these social programs privatized or ended outright.

The assault on health care exemplified by the Republicans' reactionary legislation is of a piece with the ruling elite's attack on all the social rights of the working class-the right to a job, education, decent housing, a secure retirement, access to the arts and culture, and a healthy and safe environment. Musheno said advocates in key states are holding calls daily to strategize. "The proposed cuts would decimate the very services that are cost-effective and keep individuals out of nursing homes and institutions", the groups wrote. The contents of a repeal bill in the Senate have yet to be released. "You would think after seven years of campaigning on that promise, they would have a plan in place to do just that". Incapable of opposing the most reactionary presidency in United States history on anything resembling a progressive or democratic basis, they have positioned themselves to the right of Trump on issues of imperialist foreign policy. "I say to the Republican leadership: What are you afraid of? Members are very, very familiar with this issue", McConnell said.

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