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Politico: Medicaid Controls Healthcare Debate

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The collapse of the Republican healthcare plan highlights the rising importance of Medicaid in American politics, Politico reports.

"I don't think there's going to be much appetite to do anything [on Medicaid]," said John Weaver, a GOP strategist for Ohio Gov. John Kasich. "What was the last entitlement program that we changed our mind on in this country? There's not one."

Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, announced earlier this week that she could not support the bill, leaving the party short of a majority vote.

Sen. Shelley Moore Capito joined her on Tuesday, saying in a statement that she "did not come to Washington to hurt people," and that she has "serious concerns about how we continue to provide affordable care to those who have benefited from West Virginia's decision to expand Medicaid, especially in light of the growing opioid crisis."

Collins defended her decision on CNN, saying, "the bill would impose fundamental sweeping changes in the Medicaid program and those include very deep cuts that would affect some of the most vulnerable in our society, including disabled children, poor seniors. It would affect our rural hospitals and nursing homes, and they would have a very difficult time even staying in existence."

According to a June poll from Quinnipiac University, over two-thirds of voters, and roughly 50 percent of Republicans, are against cuts to Medicaid.

"The message that we got from our polling was that voters said, 'If you vote for the new healthcare plan, you do so at your own peril,'" Tim Malloy, Quinnipiac University poll assistant director, told Politico. "That includes cuts to Medicaid."

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