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Rep. Cassidy Bill Would Ease Medicaid Burden on States

Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 05:05 PM

By Patrick Hobin

Rep. Bill Cassidy said he is filing a bill that would cut the share that states would have to pay for Medicaid health care.

“Every state, almost, is going bankrupt attempting to put up their share of what the federal government demands,” Cassidy told Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.

“So the first thing we do is we decrease the amount the states are required to put up. The second thing we do is that we make sure, though, if the states put up a certain amount of money, that it is going to be real money.”

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Cassidy pointed out that Medicare is jointly financed by federal and individual state governments and covers the medical needs of the poor and the elderly, among others. “The federal government will average putting up 57 percent of the costs, the states putting up 43. It is bankrupting states,” he said. His bill proposes distributing funds on a per-capita basis to states based on the number of Medicaid enrollees.

Cassidy, a physician in Louisiana and a member of the GOP Health Care Task Force and the Congressional Doctor Caucus, is an outspoken opponent of the Obamacare plan and has said he is confident that the Supreme Court will determine the entire Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional.

The Supreme Court is expected to rule by the end of this month on the healthcare law, passed by a Democratic-led Congress in 2010. The court heard arguments on the case in March. House Speaker John Boehner said the Republican-led chamber will move to repeal Obama’s health-care overhaul law if the U.S. Supreme Court doesn’t strike it down.

Cassidy said there are several things that can happen when the Supreme Court rules on the law.

“Either the law’s upheld, in which case we need to have a repeal and replace strategy come November. We’ve got to win November,” he told Newsmax. “Number two, it could just strike individual mandate in which case if President Obama’s re-elected, he could keep the rest of the law in place which, frankly, would implode the private insurance market forcing us to a single payer. We need to respond for that. Lastly, the Supreme Court could strike the whole law. If it strikes the whole law, that creates opportunity to come back with a patient-centered health care plan as opposed to a bureaucratic, top-heavy, Washington plan that Obamacare is.”

He said that Obama will appeal to fear if the Court strikes down his plan.

“There’s two levels of response. First level, the president is going to do his best to fear monger, to make people think, ‘Oh, my gosh. The Supreme Court has struck down this wonderful piece of legislation. The world ends.’ And that really is kind of the subtext of what he says.”

Cassidy continued, “So first thing you have to do is reassure people that nothing changes. You go to your doctor, your doctor is still paid. Most people are in the mid part of their contract year if they have private insurance. Medicare, Medicaid, for those on it, stays the same. So first, you reassure people. That gives us a little bit of time to come back with a set of alternatives that restore fiscal sanity and put the patient first as opposed to a Washington bureaucrat.”

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