14 CA Reps Voted Today for House Budget with Devastating $1.5T in Medicaid Cuts, $487B in Medicare Cuts

On a party line vote among the California delegation, the US House of Representatives voted this morning on a House budget resolution for fiscal year 2018 with massive cuts to health and other vital services.
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For immediate release: Thursday, October 5, 2017

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)
Rachel Linn Gish, communications director, Health Access California, 916-532-2128 (cell)

14 CALIFORNIA HOUSE MEMBERS VOTE FOR FEDERAL BUDGET RESOLUTION WITH STAGGERING CUTS TO CALIFORNIA’S HEALTH CARE

  • House Budget Includes $1.5 Trillion in Medicaid Cuts, $487 Billion in Medicare Cuts, As Well as Other Steep HHS Cuts
  • Fourteen California CongressmembersAll of the GOP Delegation Had Previous Voted for Over $700 Billion in Cuts in Medicaid in the American Health Care Act (AHCA), Despite California Being Heavily Reliant on Medicaid
  • Budget Would Double the Cuts of AHCA to Medicaid, Which Covers 1/3 of California, Including 1/2 of Kids, 2/3 of Nursing Home Residents
  • Over 125 Health and Community Organizations Urged All Our Delegation to Oppose the House Budget, as it Disproportionately Hurts CA
  • EVENTS TO OPPOSE THE HOUSE BUDGET AT CONGRESSIONAL OFFICES TODAY, from MODESTO (10am) to VISTA (11am).

SACRAMENTO, CA: On a party line vote among the California delegation, the US House of Representatives voted this morning on a House budget resolution for fiscal year 2018 with massive cuts to health and other vital services. This budget resolution also begins the process for pushing through a massive tax cut package with just 51 votes in the U.S. Senate. The budget being proposed outlines staggering cuts to key health programs that California relies on: $1.5 trillion to Medicaid, $487 billion to Medicare, as well as cuts to everything from Pell grants to food stamps to school lunches. Medi-Cal (Medicaid in California) covers 14 million Californians, including a third of the state, half of all children, two-thirds of all nursing home residents and is a crucial funding stream for nearly every hospital in our state.

Over 125 health and community advocates had written to the our entire California Congressional delegation, urging opposition to a budget that disproportionately harms California families.

“No California Congressmember should have voted for this budget and tax cut legislation that cuts our health care system, especially Medicaid and Medicare so severely. The House budget’s $1.5 trillion in cuts to Medicaid would disproportionately harm our health system in California, since Medicaid covers one-third of our state, including half our children and two-thirds of our nursing home residents, and is a major funding stream for nearly all our hospitals.” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California, the statewide health care consumer advocacy coalition. “The budget is just another round of the failed health repeal effort. Through the budget, Congress is again attempting to cut health care for low- and moderate-income people in order to provide a major tax break for wealthiest and corporations.”

“It was bad enough that any California Congressmember, much less fourteen of them, would vote for cuts and caps to Medicaid as part of Obamacare repeal. It’s even worse that these California Representatives voted for a federal budget that includes double the Medicaid cuts that were in the failed repeal of the ACA. Nobody representing California should have supported this federal budget and its devastating cuts to California and our health system,” continued Wright. “This budget vote is another moment where we needed our Congressmembers to defend their California constituents, but they yet again put party politics before protecting patients and the public.”

Community organizations are holding events in response to this House Budget vote TODAY, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5th in front of Congressmembers offices from San Diego to the Central Valley.

  • MODESTO: 10AM, at Rep. Jeff Denham’s office, 4701 Sisk Road.
    • The vigil in front of Rep. Denham’s office will feature a long paper chain symbolizing the significant and disproportionate number of people at risk under the House Budget. This is especially true in Rep. Denham’s district which includes over 300,000 constituents with Medi-Cal coverage.
  • VISTA, 11AM, at Rep. Darrell Issa’s office, 1800 Thibodo Road, #310
    • Community members will attempt to visit with the office explaining the awful impacts of House budget on hundreds of thousands of Issa’s constituents.
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