Democrats and, most Republicans, can agree that Medicaid is more than the answer to the question, how do you give the wealthiest among us a one trillion dollar tax cut? Medicaid is the thickest webbing in the safety net. According to statistics on the ‘Rachel Maddow Show,’ Medicaid covers 49% of births, and 30% of children. Medicaid funds the care that allows so many disabled to stay in their homes, go to work, and lead productive lives.
Medicaid is a big ticket item. Review is certainly appropriate. Dramatic cuts without hearings is not. Congress must take testimony from stakeholders and experts. The disabled community, economists, medical professionals, and social workers, to name but a few, should be consulted.
Republicans will not get boffo reviews for acting in ignorance.