Ellen Andrews is the executive director of the CT Health Policy Project.
It’s been widely reported that Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare are dead, but they couldn’t be more wrong.
The White House is still placing enormous pressure on Congress to cut Medicaid, and multiple opportunities to attach pieces of failed bills are coming soon. While having nothing to do with Obamacare, conservative proposals to cap Medicaid appeal to small government proponents and fill the need to pay for promised tax cuts.
In May, the House passed a devastating Obamacare repeal bill that would have caused 23 million Americans to lose health coverage and cut $834 billion from Medicaid. Last month the Senate failed to pass a repeal bill by just one vote. Senators Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham are currently working on a very similar bill they believe can pass, that would cut Connecticut Medicaid $2.5 billion over the next decade. And in a few weeks, a Senate committee will hold hearings on the issue.
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