I rise today to speak in support of
Last Thursday, the
Unfortunately, like a lot of his other broken promises, this proposal could have devastating consequences on the health of millions of Americans, including those affected by the opioid epidemic. One in five Americans have access to health care through Medicaid. Block grants limit the amount of federal dollars states receive, forcing them to cut benefits, cut payments to doctors and tighten eligibility standards.
The Administration's proposal is also illegal. Converting Medicaid to a block grant would require an act of
I'd also like to refute some claims that you are likely to hear during this debate. First, this has nothing to do with increasing state flexibility, it's about cutting Medicaid. States already have significant flexibility to design the Medicaid program that works best for them.
You're also likely to hear that the Administration's proposal only applies to the Medicaid expansion population, but that's just not true. As the
At the end of the day, this illegal proposal will lead to lower quality of care for fewer people. I encourage my colleagues to support this resolution and reject the Administration's illegal and cruel attack on working families.
Thank you, I reserve the balance of my time.