Donnelly Says Gutting Medicaid Is Not The Answer As Healthcare Debate Continues
WASHINGTON, D.C -- Senator Joe Donnelly's amendment to protect Medicaid from deep cuts under the Healthcare Bill has failed.
With all 52 Republican Senators voting in the negative the amendment fell short. Donnelly said before the vote that thousands of Hoosiers and American depend on Medicaid, and that cuts are not the answer.
The vote came immediately after a proposal to repeal Obamacare and workout a replacement in two years failed as well.
WASHINGTON, D.C -- Multiple versions of the new healthcare bill in the Senate call for deep cuts in Medicaid funding, something that Senator Joe Donnelly says just won't do.
"Gutting Medicaid and ending probrgams like HIP 2.0 as we know it, would not make like better for Hoosiers or the other 14-million Americans who have gained coverage through the Medicaid expansion," Donnelly said on the Senate floor. "It would actually do the opposite."
The Senate voted yesterday to enter debate on the proposed GOP Healthcare Bill. Inspite of voting against debate with his 47 other Democrat colleagues, Donnelly was ready with an amendment to keep the bill from making drastic cuts to Medicaid.
In a nut shell, the amendment protects Medicaid as well as the Healthy Indiana Plan, which would cease to exist if the healthcare bill is passed in it's current form.
"HIP 2.0 and the medicaid expansion has made treatment and recovery services more accessible to thousands of Americans, as they try to get back on their feet," Donnelly continued on the Senate floor.
Donnelly's Republican counterpart from Indiana, Senator Todd Young, is still not saying whether he supports the effort to repeal and replace Obamacare, mostly because their are multiple versions of the bill being tossed around, and it's not clear which one will be brought to the Senate floor once debate has concluded.
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