Trump Budget Would Make Health Cuts Far Beyond #ACA Repeal

President Trump released his proposed federal budget this year, which would dramatically cut our nation's health care system, and especially in California.
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For immediate release: Monday, February 12, 2018

For more information, contact:
Anthony Wright, executive director, Health Access California, 916-870-4782 (cell)

TRUMP BUDGET WOULD CUT HEALTH CARE WELL BEYOND ACA REPEAL

14 California Congressional Members Still Silent on President’s Anti-California Budget Proposal

SACRAMENTO, CA—President Trump released his proposed federal budget this year, which would dramatically cut our nation’s health care system, and especially in California.

The budget goes beyond ACA repeal in cutting and capping Medicaid, endorsing last year’s Graham-Cassidy proposal where California was disproportionally and intentionally singled out for harsher and earlier cuts. Such a proposal, even by itself, would cut California’s budget and health system by tens of billions of dollars and would leave over 6.7 million more Californians uninsured. Over 100 groups sent a letter to California’s Congressional delegation to urge public opposition to this proposal. None of the fourteen Republican members who voted for an earlier ACA repeal bill expressed any opposition to this new, harsher, and explicitly anti-California bill. The legislation would phase out, block grant and ultimately repeal all funding for the Affordable Care Act, as well as cut and cap Medicaid—cutting California’s health care by a massive $23 billion a year by 2026, and a staggering $53 billion in 2027 and beyond, according to a California Department of Health Care Services analysis released on Friday, which is in line with other analyses by the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, Manatt, Avalere, and other independent researchers.

“President Trump’s budget depicts a health care armageddon nationally, with the harshest and most devastating impacts on California. All Californians should continue to be alarmed that such a draconian proposal is still proposed as the official goal of our current federal government. We must be vigilant, and all our Representatives must be vocal, in opposing this effort to take health care and key patient protections away from millions of Californians, and other extreme proposals such as cutting and capping Medicaid.” said Anthony Wright, executive director of Health Access California. “No California Congressmember, much less fourteen of them, should stay silent against such a devastating and disproportionate attack on California and our health system, especially one as explicit and intentional as the one in President Trump’s budget. Even the fourteen Representatives that voted for previous ACA repeal bills should realize how much worse this is for the country, and for California and the regions they purportedly represent. We need our Congressmembers to defend their California constituents–and not put party politics before protecting patients and the public.”

An author of Graham-Cassidy, former Senator Rick Santorum, said it plainly to Breitbart News on August 22nd: “What you can do is redistribute this money that has been heaped upon these four ultra-blue, very wealthy states.” He continues, “If California simply wants to expand Medicaid with this money, good luck. They’re going to have to cut their program dramatically because they don’t have the money with what they’re funding now.”

“President Trump’s budget of broken promises spotlights severe Medicaid cuts he said he would never propose, while doing nothing to address prescription drug prices that he said he will bring down.” said Wright. “Even if President Trump’s budget is not enacted as written, this draconian proposal is a dangerous place to start negotiations from–as well as a repugnant reflection of our values. It cuts Medicaid, Medicare, and other crucial health and human services–all right after looting the Treasury to pass a tax cut for corporations and the wealthiest.”

References

Health Access Fact Sheet on Graham-Cassidy ACA repeal

Letter by 100 CA Groups to CA Congressional Delegation

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