While much attention focuses on the parties’ differences on Medicare, there is an even more radical difference when it comes to Medicaid. There’s a swing of over $1.5 trillion in funding and a potential difference in coverage of 30-40 million people, many of them children and seniors.
|By: David Dayen Monday September 3, 2012 9:00 am|
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 16, 2012 12:05 pm|
You cannot really divorce the Romney-Ryan plan for Medicare with their plan for Medicaid. The simple reason for this is that Medicaid is the leading provider of long-term care for seniors. Six million seniors, in fact, get their nursing home care from Medicaid. Dual eligibles would lose the ability to access Medicaid benefits for this purpose if the program, as Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan favor, gets converted into a block grant.
|By: David Dayen Sunday April 3, 2011 1:00 pm|
In a way, the continuing resolution on the 2011 budget is really a prelude. It has dominated headlines because of the immediacy, and the threat of a government shutdown if no deal is reached. That discussion is ongoing, and while agreement has been reached on a level of cuts, where the cuts fall, and particularly the unrelated policy riders, are up in the air. And time is short.
But it’s next year’s budget, not this one, where Republicans will really seek to transform American society and the social safety net, with major changes to mandatory spending programs.