By the suggestion of Ohio governor John Kasich, talks regarding Medicaid rollbacks continue on Capitol Hill, with one caveat.
Since Republicans won the majority of seats in the house and senate in last years election, there has been a general consensus as to what their battle cry is: Repeal, and replace The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. Though there have been some bumps in the road to reaching a unanimous agreement in reference to the terms and conditions of this repeal, Ohio governor John Kasich has seemingly found a condition that both appeases both sides of the issue in house and senate.
His suggestion states that in order for states to accept a gradual fade-out of medicaid expansion, which had skyrocketed during the tail end of the Obama administration, congress be required to provide individuals states more fiscal flexibility and privilege to facilitate the procedure.
The concern for medicaid coverage being taken out from underneath the poor is shared by a majority of his fellow members and constituents, whom have been rallying behind Kasich since his announcement.
In recent weeks, the Ohio governor has been working closely with three Republican senators from the states of Nevada, Arkansas, and Michigan to come up with policy changes that accurately reflect both the sentiments of the Republican majority, as well as the voters that they represent.
Of the fifty states making up the United States, thirty-one have agree to expand Medicaid under Obama-era policies. Most moderate Republicans have opted for a slow roll-back of these programs beginning in 2020 and going through 2027. However, if the compromise cannot be reached soon, there will be an immediate halt of all policies due to the passing of the repeal bill by congress in May of this year.
Kasich’s hope is to reach a deal with the rest of his congressional contemporaries, and in the process make the roll back of the medicaid program as seamless and transparent as possible for all parties involved, paying specific attention to the privatized citizen that this decision so heavily affects.
Some of the information in this post was collected from an article by The New York Times published 6/13/17 , which can be found here.