Will Budget Balancers Now Set Sights On Medicaid?NPR: Memo To GOP: Cutting Medicaid Is Unpopular, Too
Not that there was much doubt left, but Tuesday's uphill victory by Democrat Kathy Hochul in a special election in a New York congressional district long dominated by the GOP has made it pretty clear that the budget blueprint approved by House Republicans last month, which would effectively privatize Medicare, isn't so popular with lots of actual voters. But with health care still the No. 1 one issue driving the nation's long-term budget problems, advocates for seniors and the poor are worried that would-be budget balancers will set their sites on the vast Medicaid program for the poor instead (Rovner, 5/26). This is part of the Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.