Senate Republicans have been very secretive about their version of TrumpCare that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Their motivations for staying quiet about the bill appears to be for good reasons, at least from their perspectives: portions of their proposal have leaked, and show plans to cut Medicaid even more than the House-passed version proposed.
Medicaid expenditures for patients who are enrolled in it increase yearly as inflation rises. That inflation rate has been rising steadily at around 3.7 percent per year, and the House version of the bill would keep up with that rate, Mother Jones reports.
Yet Senate Republicans would slash that yearly rate rise,to 2.1 percent after 2025, effectively making cuts to spending on Medicaid as expenditure rates would rise but patient benefits’s rates would not match it.
The American Health Care Act, sometimes called TrumpCare, has faced immense criticism for effectively cutting healthcare spending and raising costs overall for poor and elderly Americans in need while handing out billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy.
It’s unclear whether the rate adjustments mentioned above would pass in the Senate if they end up being included in the final bill. Two Republicans, Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio and Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, have already said that they couldn’t support it if rates don’t match the pace of the House bill, the Hill reports.
Senate Republicans have thus far not allowed any public meetings on their version of the bill to commence. Democrats, by contrast, offered 50 hearings on the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, and allowed hundreds of amendments offered by Republicans to be included in the final bill. Democrats also sent a letter this week informing Republicans that more than thirty rooms were available for public input on the bill.