Senator Bill Cassidy spent the weekend making changes to his horrible healthcare bill. The revised bill is just as horrible. But now it contains a sweet deal….for Cassidy.
When the Republicans said that they were going to make some changes to the Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill this weekend, you may have been tempted to think that they were going to try to make it better for the American people. But, of course, you would’ve been wrong.
For the vast majority of the country, this bill would still be devastating. But Bill Cassidy did make a point of adding in a sweet deal for his own very red state of Louisiana.
The new version of the bill that was released Sunday night contains language that gives the states that expanded Medicaid after December 2015 access to another $750 million a year between 2023 and 2026.
The catch? Only two states, Montana and Louisiana, would be eligible for the money. And the money would not be divided evenly between the two states. Because its population is larger, Louisiana would receive tens of millions more.
Matt Fiedler, a fellow at the USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative on Health Policy, told CNN, “This overall pot of money would be allocated between the two states according to the number of low-income people living in each state.”
“Since Louisiana’s total population is about 4.5 times that of Montana’s and Louisiana has a higher poverty rate than Montana, Louisiana would get the overwhelming majority of these funds.”
This might be a good deal for Louisianans. But it certainly doesn’t help the rest of the country, especially those living in blue states who would be the big losers with this bill. Cassidy including this money in just for his state is just another example of how Republicans approach everything. “I’ve got mine. Screw you.”
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