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NY Times Slams 'Ryancare'

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By    |   Monday, 20 Feb 2017 11:01 AM

House Speaker Paul Ryan's replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act "is far inferior, shift more medical costs onto families and cover far fewer people" than Obamacare, according to The New York Times.

Ryan released what the Times Editorial Board calls his "half-baked" policy brief on Thursday, recommending that the government reduce Medicaid spending, "which now provides insurance to more than 74 million poor, disabled and older people. Many millions of them would be cast out of the program."

"Republicans want to slash spending on Medicaid over all by giving states the option of a block grant or a per capita allotment," The Times notes.

"Without the flexibility that was built into Medicaid, Congress would have to vote to give states more money when health care costs rise. Politically, that is in the 'impossible dream' category, which is why most experts believe that, over time, states would cover fewer people and cut benefits."

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich praised the expansion of Medicaid to help fight opiate addiction in his state last month.

"Thank God we expanded Medicaid, because that Medicaid money is helping to rehab people," said Kasich, according to The Toledo Blade. 

"…There are going to be more tools to come, but we're not going to defeat this just from the top down."

The Times argues that the GOP's plan to allow families to set aside more in health savings accounts would benefit wealthier families over poor ones. A study in Health Affairs found that "between 2005 and 2012… High-income and older tax filers both established HSAs and fully funded their HSAs at least four times as often as did low-income and younger filers."

Ryan also suggests switching from income-based subsidies to "a flat subsidy that would be the same whether families earn $500,000 or $50,000. Residents of Minnesota would get the same support as residents of Alaska, where premiums on average are three times as high," according to research from the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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