This bill — the Medicare and Medicaid Protection Act of 2018 — would require 60 votes in the Senate to make changes to Medicare or Medicaid, effectively preventing the budget reconciliation process from being used to modify the programs. Specifically, 60 votes would be required to raise the Medicare eligibility age, privatize Medicare or turn it into a voucher system, block grant Medicaid or impose per-capita spending caps on state plans, or to reduce the ability of states to provide health coverage under Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The house has not voted
- The senate has not voted
Senate Committee on the BudgetIntroducedAugust 1st, 2018
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What is it?
In-Depth: Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) introduced this bill to prevent the budget reconciliation process from being used to enact certain reforms to Medicare and Medicaid:
“For the past 53 years, Medicare and Medicaid have provided a crucial lifeline to hundreds of thousands of Hawaii residents who rely on these programs to access health care and long-term nursing care. But over the past year and a half, Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans have tried to gut Medicaid. They began threatening so-called ‘entitlement reform’ — code for Medicare cuts — to rein in debt and deficit even before ramming through budget busting tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and corporations. This legislation would protect Medicare, Medicaid, and the millions of Americans who depend on these programs.”
This legislation has the support of 15 cosponsors, all of whom are Democrats.
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: iStock.com / baona)