Laura Brown is worried about the Senate health care bill, but not for her own sake.
The Minneapolis-based artist’s 96-year-old grandmother, Dorothy, lives in a nursing home and relies on Medicaid to pay the bill. Brown says that the Senate bill’s $800 billion in cuts to Medicaid would be like “pulling the rug out” from under her family.
When Brown’s family moved her grandmother to a hospital-run home a few years ago from a private assisted living facility, “the money had run out,” Brown says. “She’s there because of Medicaid, and she gets good care but definitely needs more … than any of her children can give her.”
The Better Care Reconciliation Act, which was released on June 22, has faced harsh criticism over its deep cuts to Medicaid. An independent analysis by the Congressional Budget Office estimated that it would lead to 15 million fewer Americans on Medicaid over the next ten years, while giving higher-income Americans nearly $600 billion in tax cuts.
Controversy over the bill prompted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to delay a vote until after the July 4 recess. But opponents worry that Republican leaders will still find a way to get the bill through the Senate.
David Grabowski, a professor of health care policy at Harvard Medical School, underscored the effect the Medicaid cuts in the current version of the bill would have on the elderly.
“Older adults and the…