The House Republican budget “repeals Obamacare in its entirety.” The proposal promises “a patient-centered approach to health care reform,” but Republicans still have no alternative or replacement for Obamacare that comes close to what the health reform law has accomplished. Besides, repeal isn’t going to happen as long as the guy it’s named for is in office.
Medicare And Medicaid
Republicans are still attacking Medicare and Medicaid. The House Republican budget turns Medicare into a voucher program. As with previous budgets, it’s called “premium support,” but it’s the same voucher Republicans have proposed as a replacement for the longstanding Medicare guarantee. It won’t keep pace with increasing health care costs, and will pass those costs on to the elderly.
Republicans claim all of these cuts, plus many more, are necessary to balance the budget in response to a manufactured “deficit crisis.” Yet the House Republican budget increases defense spending. The House Republican budget cuts spending for programs like SNAP, Medicare, and Medicaid, while using a budgetary slight of hand to exempt the military from sequestration spending cuts, and shifts tens of billions of dollars to an already bloated Pentagon budget.