Trumpcare Update: Republicans plan to drop 24 million from insurance rolls

At the Same Time, They Promise to Cut Taxes and Raise Insurance Costs

No insurance. More people would be without health insurance than before the Affordable Care Act if Trump manages to push his repeal-and-replace plan through the Republican-dominated Congress, according to a new budget analysis. About 24 million people would lose health insurance. Most of the $337 billion in savings (over 10 years) in the Republican plan would come on the backs of the poor through cuts to the Medicaid program. Married couples with incomes of more than $250,000 or individuals with incomes of more than $200,000 would get a tax cut. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said all this will “empower individuals and families.”

More Unplanned Parenthood. Trumpcare would eliminate federal funding for Planned Parenthood for one year which the Congressional Budget Office says would save $156 million. H.R. 354, sponsored by U.S. Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.), would also defund Planned Parenthood, the nonprofit Republicans love to hate that provides prenatal care, pap smears to catch cervical cancer and some abortions. The bill has been referred to the Subcommittee on Health.

Not So Great Lakes. Trump’s budget would cut federal funding to clean up the Great Lakes by 97%. Trump’s budget would slash funding of the EPA’s Great Lakes Restoration Initiative by $290 million, from $300 million to $10 million. One project that has received federal funding is trying to keep Asian carp from spreading up the Illinois River into Lake Michigan.

March 14, 2017