On ‘Radio Times’: How the GOP health care plan threatens Medicaid

     Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The measure represents the Senate GOP's effort to achieve a top tier priority for President Donald Trump and virtually all Republican members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell leaves the chamber after announcing the release of the Republicans' healthcare bill which represents the party's long-awaited attempt to scuttle much of President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The measure represents the Senate GOP's effort to achieve a top tier priority for President Donald Trump and virtually all Republican members of Congress. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    The Senate health care plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act was revealed last week.  It’s been heavily criticized by democrats, the health care industry, and consumer groups.

    On Monday’s Radio Times, host Marty Moss-Coane talked with a trio of guests about the bill and what it will mean for Americans if it is passed.  One of the most significant pieces of the legislation are cuts to Medicaid, including ending the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid expansion and reducing federal support to the program overall.  New York Times reporter Margo Sanger-Katz explained that the Medicaid program covers far more people than most of us realize:

    Julie Rovner, chief Washington correspondent with the Kaiser News Network, added that

    “The most dramatic change [in the bill] is not so much the rollback to the expansion.  It’s the capping of Medicaid overall and this is something Republicans have been trying to do for 30 years…to reign in entitlement spending.”  

    Listen to the full interview at Radio Times.

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