With the threat of postponing their August recess, Senate Republicans got to work and earlier today released their latest version of their healthcare bill. Under the latest version, the millions of Americans that received Medicaid under Obamacare’s expanded rules will keep their benefits for the time being, however, they will be phased out over time.
“Nothing we’ve advocated so far would cause anyone currently on Medicaid to come off of it.”
— Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), speech in Paducah, Ky., July 5.
A reader asked us to fact-check this claim, reported in an article by the West Kentucky Star about a luncheon speech McConnell delivered in Kentucky during the Fourth of July recess.
The impact of the Senate GOP health-care bill on Medicaid enrollees and financing is one of the major points of debate in the Senate. Previously, we awarded Three Pinocchios to President Trump’s claim that the Senate proposal, the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), actually increases Medicaid spending.
Is McConnell’s claim accurate?
It’s naïve to expect Democrats or the mainstream media to say anything positive about the new GOP healthcare plan. The news for the next few days will be filled with negative reactions and probably protests by liberals who really haven’t a clue as to what’s really happening in our country and the path to socialism that Obamacare has been leading down.