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house Bill H. Res. 826

Should the House Condemn the Trump Admin’s ‘Cruel’ & ‘Illegal’ Medicaid Proposals?

Argument in favor

The Trump administration has repeatedly taken actions that would undermine Medicaid benefits and jeopardize care for millions of vulnerable Americans. This resolution expresses the House’s disapproval of those actions and puts the White House on notice to leave Medicaid alone.

Nicholas's Opinion
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02/06/2020
Yep! The Trump administration and the GOP are full of it! They want to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions, for Trump to claim that he doesn’t want this in his state of the union address was absolutely disgusting. That’s why Pelosi ripped up his speech, I would’ve done more! This is the biggest con job in American history.. trump supporters will be remembered as fools, bigots and fascist.. do you conservatives really think society is just gonna go back to being repressed? The Republican Party is not growing, younger generations want nothing to to with them..
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burrkitty's Opinion
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02/06/2020
I am not normally into these “expressing the sense” bills as they don’t do anything, but in this case I think it’s worth putting it in the official history that the House is not happy with Administration illegally interfering with Medicaid.
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jimK's Opinion
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02/07/2020
This is just the beginning. Expect worse to come. Trump is suing to eliminate pre-existing medical coverage as currently implemented with his plan that allows insurers to charge whatever they deem appropriate to cover pre-existing conditions and not accept them into the broad insured pool. Conceivably, this would allow them to charge different amounts to anyone based on their individual health history factors. We have be careful about the details lying beneath trumps broad statements. Cuts to COLA calculations will cut Social Security, indexed wages, and redefine the poverty level calculations- allowing trump to claim he cut poverty in the US even though all he did was change how you draw the line. The Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food, and Housing aid are all in the works, and they each will be packaged with deceptive titles and complex obfuscation-so we need to be diligent. Republicans privately refer to cutting the support of those most in need and especially Social Security as “Slaying the Beast”. We need to slay the funding-streams that buy the favor of legislators, especially the Republicans who have refined the art of selling their souls to the highest bidder. We all need to call out lies, half-truths and the frequent Republican intentional use of refined Russian disinformation tactics of projections, deflections, what-about-isms, ‘alternate facts’, and the ‘firehouse of alternative factors’.
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Argument opposed

The Trump administration’s recently proposed reforms to Medicaid would improve the care healthy adults covered by the expansion receive by letting states fund their care through block grants if they choose to do so. This non-binding resolution is a waste of time.

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02/06/2020
How about we get the government out of private business completely.
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Lance's Opinion
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02/06/2020
No.....it’s a cost saving to kick off people who do no longer qualify ...the states also need to clean up their states
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02/07/2020
Keep giving away more services without people paying for them, and our whole country will go bankrupt!
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simple resolution Progress


  • The house Passed February 7th, 2020
    Roll Call Vote 223 Yea / 190 Nay
    IntroducedFebruary 3rd, 2020

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What is House Bill H. Res. 826?

This resolution would express the sense of the House of Representatives that the Trump administration has undertaken a “cruel” and “illegal” attack on the Medicaid program. It would call on the Trump administration to withdraw its block grant guidance and cease its campaign to “undermine and weaken Medicaid”. Further, it would call for the Trump administration to faithfully execute the law as it relates to Medicaid.

It would specifically condemn the following actions by the Trump administration:

  • A guidance to allow states to cap their Medicaid funding through a block grant.

  • Proposed regulations related to access standards.

  • A guidance to allow state Medicaid programs to adopt closed formularies in their prescription drug programs.

  • Proposed cuts in federal funding to the program.

  • Allowed states to institute policies with regard to eligibility for Medicaid coverage.

As a simple resolution, this legislation is non-binding and wouldn’t advance beyond the House if passed.

Impact

Medicaid; and the Trump administration.

Cost of House Bill H. Res. 826

As a simple resolution, this legislation would have no cost.

More Information

In-Depth: Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) introduced this resolution to express disapproval of the Trump administration’s proposed Medicaid block grant plan:

“President Trump’s decision to roll back Medicaid is just one part of this Administration’s continued assault on affordable and accessible health care. These illegal block grants are just plain wrong. They will allow states who participate to limit the amount of federal dollars they receive to pay for the health care for the millions of lower income and vulnerable people across our country that depend on this program.”

On January 30, 2020, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the Healthy Adult Opportunity initiative, which would be an optional program to allow states to receive funding in the form of block grants for beneficiaries covered by the Obama era Medicaid expansion (e.g. beneficiaries under the age of 65 without a disability and for whom states have the option of covering):

“Vulnerable populations deserve better care. Data shows that barely half of adults on the Medicaid program report getting the care they need. This opportunity is designed to promote the program’s objectives while furthering its sustainability for current and future beneficiaries, and achieving better health outcomes by increasing the accountability for delivering results. We’ve built in strong protections for our most vulnerable beneficiaries, and included opportunities for states to earn savings that have to be reinvested in strengthening the program so that it can remain a lifeline for our most vulnerable.”

This legislation has the support of six cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Of Note: In November 2019, Tennessee became the first state to request that it receive the federal share of its Medicaid funding in the form of a block grant.

In 2017, the Trump administration and congressional Republicans proposed healthcare reform legislation that would’ve given states the option of taking the federal share of their Medicaid funding in the form of block grants. The House passed its version of the bill, but the Senate’s bill failed by a one vote margin.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: iStock.com / zimmytws)

AKA

Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration's harmful actions towards Medicaid.

Official Title

Expressing disapproval of the Trump administration's harmful actions towards Medicaid.

    Yep! The Trump administration and the GOP are full of it! They want to take away coverage for pre-existing conditions, for Trump to claim that he doesn’t want this in his state of the union address was absolutely disgusting. That’s why Pelosi ripped up his speech, I would’ve done more! This is the biggest con job in American history.. trump supporters will be remembered as fools, bigots and fascist.. do you conservatives really think society is just gonna go back to being repressed? The Republican Party is not growing, younger generations want nothing to to with them..
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    How about we get the government out of private business completely.
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    I am not normally into these “expressing the sense” bills as they don’t do anything, but in this case I think it’s worth putting it in the official history that the House is not happy with Administration illegally interfering with Medicaid.
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    This is just the beginning. Expect worse to come. Trump is suing to eliminate pre-existing medical coverage as currently implemented with his plan that allows insurers to charge whatever they deem appropriate to cover pre-existing conditions and not accept them into the broad insured pool. Conceivably, this would allow them to charge different amounts to anyone based on their individual health history factors. We have be careful about the details lying beneath trumps broad statements. Cuts to COLA calculations will cut Social Security, indexed wages, and redefine the poverty level calculations- allowing trump to claim he cut poverty in the US even though all he did was change how you draw the line. The Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, Food, and Housing aid are all in the works, and they each will be packaged with deceptive titles and complex obfuscation-so we need to be diligent. Republicans privately refer to cutting the support of those most in need and especially Social Security as “Slaying the Beast”. We need to slay the funding-streams that buy the favor of legislators, especially the Republicans who have refined the art of selling their souls to the highest bidder. We all need to call out lies, half-truths and the frequent Republican intentional use of refined Russian disinformation tactics of projections, deflections, what-about-isms, ‘alternate facts’, and the ‘firehouse of alternative factors’.
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    Block grants cap Medicaid expansion in states where it exists instead of making it available to all who need it. Medicaid expansion needs to be extended to states that don’t have it, not capped in states that do! Cruel & inhumane treatment of society’s most vulnerable populations is shameful! It’s also a large burden on healthcare workers whose goal is to care for people not process paperwork! “healthcare experts worry that under a block grant, states might have to slash their Medicaid rolls or payments to disproportionate-share hospitals to get program spending under control. That could lead to significant coverage losses and reduce access to care for some of the most vulnerable populations.” https://www.modernhealthcare.com/medicaid/cms-clears-block-grants-states-medicaid-expansion
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    Justice won’t be served till he’s out of office. Republicans in the Senate have to be held accountable also. Encourage those around you to vote in November. I know it will be the most important election in my lifetime.
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    Trump is a sick man just proved it to the nation
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    Of course the House should oppose. The House represents our last and only defense against Trump until next November.
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    This administration lies, is corrupt and vindictive, and is an “enemy of the people.” The House needs to remain focused regarding their oversight duties and share with the public every crime and hurtful policy that emanates from the WH and the compromised DOJ. The infant in the WH and his cult need to be removed in November and returned to their white supremacy underground.
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    Condemn Trump, his administration and the corrupt GOP for all cruelty and hardship they inflict on people less fortunate than the elite they represent.
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    We must protect Medicare and Medicaid at all costs. I understand the concerns about efficiency and waste, but people are dying, even when they're on these programs, because healthcare is too expensive and these programs don't pay for everything. Let's trim the waste and inefficiency from the military budget first, and then you can cry about how expensive Medicare and Medicaid are. People who've never had to rely on these programs have no idea what they're talking about, and I'm looking at the millionaires running this administration.
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    I am ashamed when I hear the comments that are made about people who receive SNAP, Medicaid or other social programs meant to assist people in need. Basic human needs, eg, food, healthcare, shelter are just that, human needs. I hate to dredge up poor old Maslow, but it's true. When people, children in particular, don't have the basic needs including a feeling of being safe and secure, they don't thrive. They don't progress up the ladder to self actualization. But just like other Republicans, the Trump administration considers people in this category as losers, a famous Trump phrase for those who are not wealthy. They are the minorities that Trumpsters consider a blight. The economy, that Trump touts so often, has NOT reached people below the $50,000 annual salary. I recently spoke with my tax service when I picked up my taxes and I was dismayed to find that my suspicions were correct. Like many, my tax return was the only money I got back every year, not to remodel my kitchen, buy a new car, laptop or even that new iphone that Paul Ryan so proudly professed you just might have to do without. No, my tax return typically paid for new medical equipment and supplies, car repairs, or home repairs. Maybe even the medical bills that have piled up because insurance expects me to pay my "cost sharing. If you think throwing millions off SNAP, then lying to the American people that he got this many off food stamps by implying they go jobs, then he is dumber than the books his ex cabinet members have indicated. And just to be clear, I have ample education. The government, requires I take care of my husband who has advancing Parkinson's disease. I and I alone, take care of him 24/7/365. We live off SSI. Mine was drawn early because I lost my job when Trump took office and was unable to find a job. Now I am forever penalized because the government forces me to care for my husband. So don't think for one minute that the government has not baked in a blind at every turn to make sure you loose. And don't fool yourself, I have seen the same jobs posted, taken down, reposted and cycled around for as many as four times. These jobs are fake. They are no more serious about hiring people than Trump is about increasing your wages. Only making it look good for a president who has gone to great lengths to give the wealthy millions in tax returns while the rest of us beg for scraps.
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    Cruel does not even cover what this admin is doing. Kick them all out
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    No.....it’s a cost saving to kick off people who do no longer qualify ...the states also need to clean up their states
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    Yes. Criminal Individual-1 needs to be stopped from killing more people.
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    Keep giving away more services without people paying for them, and our whole country will go bankrupt!
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    Medicare needs to stay right where it is. Trump has already said he’s going to cut both Medicare and Medicare. Unfeeling, uncaring and low class. That’s our president and his party.
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    But the president said he wasn’t going to touch Medicaid and Medicare and Social Security. LIAR!
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    Obviously yes. Thanks to Scott and Rubio two trump lackeys that will never happen. Scott personally knows how to rip off the healthcare industry since that was his career prior to stealing the senate seat
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    Leave Medicare and social security alone
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