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jcitybone

From Salon: Trump’s new dystopian plot: Only the deserving poor get Medicaid

The Trump administration has reportedly turned its attention to another critical aspect of Medicaid, the government health insurance program for low-income people: Its guarantee of lifetime coverage. The same federal waiver requests that allowed the states of Kentucky and Indiana to end Medicaid coverage for able-bodied enrollees (for which 10 additional states have reportedly now applied) could also impose time limits on Medicaid coverage.

Five states — Arizona, Kansas, Utah, Maine and Wisconsin — are requesting federal waivers that will permit time limits on lifetime Medicaid enrollees, according to a McClatchy DC report. The Department of Health and Human Services did not respond to a request for comment, according to the report.

If approved in any of the states, people with health issues that hinder their ability to work would be greatly affected, as would people who work full-time jobs without employer-provided health insurance. These changes could negatively affect a large aging population, and could also push more sick people without coverage into emergency rooms, according to the McClatchy report. Under the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, hospitals are still required to see patients who need emergency medical care, regardless of insurance coverage or a patient’s ability to pay.

Many advocates strongly oppose the move, including Andy Slavitt, a former acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Obama administration from 2015 to 2017.

“This would be the wrong direction for our country and millions of Americans,” Slavitt said on Twitter.

jcitybone

Sounds like that he’s following the same script as Bernie, although probably with a different set of candidate characters. No mention of Surrogate Bernie in the article.

https://www.politico.com/story/2018/02/07/joe-biden-midterms-2020-elections-395927

The questions about Biden’s political plans continue as he and his staff, in consultation with Democratic leaders in Washington and aides to Barack Obama, have begun making plans for the next nine months that will likely make the former vice president the most active high-profile Democratic surrogate on the trail.

Many leading Democrats, including Obama alumni, doubt that he will run in the end. He’ll be 78 in 2020 in a party that has been trying to turn to fresh faces and new ideas. He’s enjoying spending time setting up his foundation and being with his grandchildren. And through 40 years of speculated and actual runs, Biden has always struggled to put together a strong campaign.

“If anyone anticipated in February 2018 he’d make a decision on running for president in 2020, then you don’t know Joe Biden,” said one donor who is friendly with Biden.

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