With so many threats to public health arising each month, it can be hard to catch all of them. The Union of Concerned Scientists has performed a tremendous service by producing the report Sidelining Science from Day One: How the Trump Administration Has Harmed Public Health and Safety in Its First Six Months.
Remember in the bad old days before the ACA, when those who bought individual plans on the private market faced unpleasant surprises – like finding at out a very inopportune time that their plans didn’t cover hospitalization or maternity care, or that they’d reached a lifetime limit? If Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has his way, we’ll be going back to those hated conditions, but with the added burden of deep Medicaid cuts and other provisions that are awful for public health.
Both the Senate BCRA and the Freedom Caucus budget proposal aim to cut spending on crucial assistance programs while granting large tax breaks that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
The Congressional Budget Office’s initial score of the Senate’s “Better Care Reconciliation Act” calculated that 22 million people, 15 million of them Medicaid beneficiaries, would lose health insurance by 2026. For Medicaid recipients, though, the picture worsens steadily after that ten-year window, due to per-capita caps on how much the federal government would contribute.
Let’s remember the big picture about Medicaid cuts.
The process by which Republicans are trying to pass their healthcare bill is alarming and potentially disastrous for the future of the US legislative process.
Important pieces to read as the Senate considers the AHCA, plus articles on addiction, hate crime, and more.
A small number of industry-funded groups have shaped the US political process in ways that ensure they can continue profiting — even though it will cost millions of lives worldwide.
CBO releases the numbers that House Republicans couldn’t wait for before passing the amended version of the American Health Care Act.
Recent pieces address causes of, and potential solutions to, the US’s shameful rate of maternal mortality; how the prosperity gospel explains the GOP’s approach to healthcare; how homeownership became the engine of inequality; and more.