6 Ways Republicans Recently Failed Missourians on Healthcare
From Jefferson City to the White House, Republican officeholders haven’t stopped trying to take healthcare away from Missourians just because the latest attempt from the Republican-led Congress to repeal the Affordable Care Act fell flat in September.
Over the past few weeks, Republican officials in both Washington and Jefferson City have been using their majorities and offices to cut healthcare options, raise costs or take services away from Missouri’s seniors, working families and their kids.
Below are 6 ways Republican Officeholders Recently Failed Missourians on Healthcare:
- Republicans in Congress Failed to Protect Healthcare for Nearly 80,000 Missouri Kids: “In their abortive last-ditch effort to get rid of the Affordable Care Act (and gut Medicaid in the process) before the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year, Senate Republicans didn’t get around to reauthorizing the Children’s Health Insurance Program.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Board
- Donald Trump’s Sabotage of Health Insurance Markets Will Spike Premiums for Missourians by 20% in 2018: President Trump’s decision to terminate key healthcare resources called Cost-Sharing Reductions, which over 120,000 Missourians rely on for affordable coverage, will spike premiums by 20 percent in 2018, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
- Republicans in Jefferson City Are Failing to Restore Healthcare for Over 8,000 Seniors and People with Disabilities: “Missouri lawmakers remain at odds over a plan to restore budget cuts affecting health care for more than 8,000 elderly and disabled residents.” — St. Louis Post-Dispatch
- Missouri’s Republican Officeholders in the U.S. House Voted to Slash Medicare by Nearly $500 Billion: The Republican-controlled U.S. House passed a budget that strips $1.5 trillion from Medicaid and $487 billion from Medicare over the coming decade, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. A report from ABC News outlines that the GOP budget also looks to turn Medicare “into a voucher-like program for future retirees.”
- Donald Trump Removed Protections for Women’s Access to Birth Control: “President Donald Trump is allowing more employers to opt out of providing no-cost birth control to women…” — Associated Press
- Trump Signed an Executive Order to Gut Key Healthcare Protections for Missourians with Pre-Existing Health Conditions: Under Donald Trump’s executive order, some health insurance plans “will be able to avoid many ACA rules, including the law’s benefits requirements, limits on consumers’ yearly and lifetime costs, and ban on charging more to customers who have been sick,” according to the Washington Post.