Answer: No – no they won’t.
from The Blaze:
As Senate Republicans continue to push their plan to replace the Obama-era Affordable Care Act, a new hurdle has emerged as one of the primary objections to the plan, titled the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA): alleged “cuts” to Medicaid spending.
While conservative Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) and Mike Lee (R-Utah) have said they are unwilling to back the plan in its current form because it keeps too much of Obamacare in place, moderate Republicans like Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) have said they can’t support the proposal because the projected cuts to Medicaid would be too damaging for millions of Americans that rely on the program.
“That is going to cause a lot of harm, and that’s one of my biggest concerns about the bill,” Collins told CNN.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) called the proposed Medicaid rollback “crushing.”
“The crushing Medicaid cuts will have an especially brutal impact on rural America, shuttering rural hospitals and an important source of good-paying jobs,” Pelosi said.
Critics from both parties point to a new score from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office that states the Senate’s bill would cut Medicaid spending by $772 billion over a decade compared to what spending is projected to be under current law as proof of the detrimental nature of the Republicans’ bill.
A closer look at the bill, however, reveals the Republicans’ “cuts” are not, in fact, cuts at all, but rather an attempt to slow Medicaid’s out-of-control growth.
The same CBO report often used to condemn the Republican bill also states Medicaid spending under their plan would increase from $393 billion in 2017 to $464 billion in 2026, an increase of 18 percent, as Fox News noted in a recent report.
Perhaps most disingenuous of all is the suggestion that reduced federal spending on state Medicaid programs is inherently immoral and will lead to impossible-to-fix state budgetary problems.