Oliver Willis

The Republican Plan Is To Privatize Medicare

Um, are they trying to re-elect Obama? Here are the proposed changes to Medicaid:

Here’s what this means if you’re elderly, disabled, or poor.

Low-income Medicaid beneficiaries will lose their guaranteed benefits altogether. Currently, Medicaid is jointly financed by the federal government and states, which are required to provide comprehensive health care benefits to people in poverty. Ryan’s plan turns the program into block grants for the states — states get a bunch of cash from the feds and have to make the best of it. For many states, that will mean severe benefit rollbacks.