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Latest House Republican Budget Threatens Medicare and Shreds the Safety Net

Latest House Republican Budget Threatens Medicare and Shreds the Safety Net

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Instead of reducing health care costs, the House Republican budget would shift costs to seniors, health care providers, businesses, and states, writes Topher Spiro.
Instead of reducing health care costs, the House Republican budget would shift costs to seniors, health care providers, businesses, and states, writes Topher Spiro.

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5Jh`}ht ot Eahtcje` Rtolthzz y Ie}hz} Foxzh Thrxdicje` Dxmlh} ]fthe}h`z Ahmcjeth e`m Zfthmz }fh Zeh}s @h}
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]h Thrxdicje` aekotcs c` fh X.Z. Foxzh o Thrthzh`ec~hz thihezhm cz rtorozhm dxmlh ot zjei shet 425: omes) egc`l retcjxiet eca e oxt `eco`–z fheif jethrtolteaz. ]cz iehz Foxzh Thrxdicje` dxmlh |oxim x`meah`eiis eiht fhzh rto!lteaz) zh}c`l xz o` e` x`jfethm ref fe |oxim fe~h em~htzh jo`zhuxh`jhz ot h`zo aciico`z o Eahtcje`z.
․Ae`szh`cotz|oximdhnotjhm}oreszfetrisfclfhtrthacxaz}oz}esc`}temc}co`eiAhmcjethe`mghhr}fhctjxtth`}jfocjhonmoj}otz.․@h|Ahmcjethdh`hjcetchzjoximresaoth}fe`-5)422aothds42:2e`maoth}fe`-8)322aothds4282.․Aothe`maothzh`cotz|oximltemxeiiszfcn}}ortc~e}hfhei}fc`zxte`jhrie`zo~ht}cah)c`jthezc`l}fhrtc~e}c{e}co`onAhmcjeth.․Fx`mthmzon}foxze`mzonzh`cotz|oximdhjoahx`c`zxthm.․Rthacxaz|oximc`jthezhnotaoz}Ahmcjethdh`hjcetchz.․Aoth}fe`=<aciico`Eahtcje`z|oximiozhfhei}fc`zxte`jhjo~htelhc`52shetz.․]h`zonaciico`zonEahtcje`z|oximiozhjo`zxahtrto}hj}co`z}fe}ethhzzh`}ceinotfhei}fe`mhjo`oacjzhjxtc}s.․Z}e}hz|oximdhnotjhm}oziezfAhmcjecmhiclcdcic}s)dh`h}z)e`mresah`}z}ofhei}fjethrto~cmhtz.
Aekot jo`zhuxh`jhz on }fh Foxzh Thrxdicje` dxmlh}
 
4Jh`}ht ot Eahtcje` Rtolthzz y Ie}hz} Foxzh Thrxdicje` Dxmlh} ]fthe}h`z Ahmcjeth e`m Zfthmz }fh Zeh}s @h}
]h Foxzh dxmlh |oxim rto~cmh ~oxjfhtz o Ahmcjeth dh`hjcetchz o rxtjfezh hcfht ertc~eh fheif c`zxte`jh rie` ot fh temcco`ei Ahmcjeth rie`. ]cz rie` |oxim zfc jozz ozh`cotz) aegc`l ae`s zh`cotz res zfetris fclfht rthacxaz o zes c` temcco`ei Ahmcjethe`m ghhr fhct jxtth` jfocjh o mojotz. Not fhzh zh`cotz fh jfocjh o temcco`eiAhmcjeth |oxim dh e eizh o`h c` theics.]cz rthacxa zxrrot rie` |oxim eizo icac lto|f c` Ahmcjeth zrh`mc`l o lto|f c` fhhjo`oas rixz 2.8 rhtjh`elh roc`z. Dx zc`jh c–z x`jihet fo| fcz jer |oxim dh h`otjhm)c–z icghis fe fh jer |oxim icac fh eaox` o fh ~oxjfhtz rto~cmhm o dh`hjcetchz.Zc`jh fh rtorozhm lto|f teh cz axjf zio|ht fe` fh rtokhjhm lto|f c` fheif jethjozz) fh `o`retcze` Jo`lthzzco`ei Dxmlh Ojh hzcaehz fe `h| dh`hjcetchz joximres aoth fe` -5)422 aoth ds 42:2 e`m aoth fe` -8)322 aoth ds 4282.
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  \fe–z aoth) rtc~eh rie`z joxim ’jfhtts rcjg‑ fheifcht zh`cotz) mtc~c`l xr rthacxaz otfozh |fo thaec` c` temcco`ei Ahmcjeth. E`m rtc~eh rie`z |oxim dh edih o x`mhtjx te!mcco`ei Ahmcjeth c` ofht |esz) zxjf ez ds ohtc`l thh lsa ahadhtzfcrz ot ofht rhtgz. Ez e thzxi aoth e`m aoth zh`cotz |oxim ltemxeiis zfc o rtc~eh rie`z o~ht cah. ]czltemxei rtc~ec{eco` o Ahmcjeth mohz `o aegh zh`zh dhjexzh temcco`ei Ahmcjeth jozzihzz fe` joaretedih rtc~eh jo~htelh. Dx |cf h|ht dh`hjcetchz Ahmcjeth |oxim fe~hihzz ih~htelh o jo`ec` fh lto|f c` fheif jeth jozz.]h Foxzh dxmlh |oxim eizo zfc jozz o zh`cotz ds teczc`l Ahmcjethz elh o hiclcdcics o ><. Zoah zh`cotz |fo |oxim `o io`lht dh hiclcdih ot Ahmcjeth |oxim rcjg xr harioshtjo~htelh”dx fhs |oxim res aoth c` rthacxaz e`m joz zfetc`l. E`m zc`jh fh dxmlh |oxim zjeih dejg ot hicac`eh ofht jo~htelh orco`z) fx`mthmz o foxze`mz o zh`cotz |oxim dhjoah x`c`zxthm.Dx fh Foxzh dxmlh–z joz!zfcc`l errtoejf |oxim `o zor |cf Ahmcjeth. ]h dxmlh |oxim eizo zfthm fh zehs `h ot fh acmmih jiezz e`m fh aoz ~xi`htedih rhorih c`oxt zojchs”khoretmc{c`l fh fheif e`m hjo`oacj zhjxtcs o h`z o aciico`z aoth Eahtcje`z. Eii oim) aoth fe` =< aciico` Eahtcje`z |oxim iozh fheif c`zxte`jh jo~ht!elh c` 52 shetz.]h Foxzh dxmlh |oxim thrhei eotmedih fheif c`zxte`jh jo~htelh ot :: aciico` Eahtcje`z x`mht fh Eotmedih Jeth Ej.
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E`m fh dxmlh |oxim hicac`eh fh `h| ie|zjo`zxaht rtohjco`z) |fcjf fe~h eithems dh`hhm h`z o aciico`z o Eahtcje`z.]h Foxzh dxmlh |oxim eizo te`zota Ahmcjecm) thriejc`l lxete`hhm hmhtei x`m!c`l |cf diojg lte`z o zehz. ]cz |oxim zfc jozz o zehz) |fcjf eth eithems x`mhth`otaoxz ztec`. Ejjotmc`l o fh Jo`lthzzco`ei Dxmlh Ojh) zehz |oxim dh otjhmo thmxjh hiclcdcics) dh`hz) ot resah`z o fheif jeth rto~cmhtz. Aoth fe` 5= aciico` Eahtcje`z |oxim iozh jo~htelh c` 52 shetz.
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:Jh`}ht ot Eahtcje` Rtolthzz y Ie}hz} Foxzh Thrxdicje` Dxmlh} ]fthe}h`z Ahmcjeth e`m Zfthmz }fh Zeh}s @h}
 Eii oim) fh Foxzh dxmlh |oxim jx Ahmcjecm ds aoth fe` -5.= tciico` o~ht 52 shetz.
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 Dx fhzh jxz |oxim `o lo o|etm mhjc thmxjco`. Tefht) fhs |oxim ietlhis res ot hvrh`zc~h ev jxz. C` hzzh`jh fh Foxzh dxmlh zhhgz e aezzc~h te`zht toa fhacmmih jiezz e`m fh aoz ~xi`htedih c` oxt zojchs o fclf!c`joah c`mc~cmxeiz. &Not e`o~ht~ch| o fh dxmlh) jicjg fhth.#
Rthacxa zxrrot} rie` }fthe}h`z Ahmcjeth
Dhlc``c`l c` 424: ot `h| dh`hjcetchz) fh Foxzh dxmlh |oxim jo`~ht Ahmcjethzrh`mc`l c`o ’rthacxa zxrrot)‑ rto~cmc`l ~oxjfhtz o dh`hjcetchz o rxtjfezhhcfht e rtc~eh fheif c`zxte`jh rie` ot fh temcco`ei Ahmcjeth rie`.Rie`z |oxim zxdac dcmz ot fo| axjf fhs |oxim jfetlh o rto~cmh jo~htelh. ]h ~oxjfht |oxim dh chm o fh rthacxa o fh rtc~eh rie` |cf fh zhjo`m!io|hz joz)ot fh rthacxa ot temcco`ei Ahmcjeth”|fcjfh~ht cz io|ht. C dh`hjcetchz jfoozh erie` fe jozz aoth fe` fh ~oxjfht) fhs |oxim fe~h o res fh mchth`jh.]cz rthacxa zxrrot rie` |oxim;
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C`jthezh rthacxaz ot zh`cotz
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]theh` temcco`ei AhmcjethIh–z th~ch| dof o fhzh jo`zhuxh`jhz c` xt`.
C`jthezhz rthacxaz not zh`cotz
C` zoah lholterfcj ethez temcco`ei Ahmcjeth aclf aegh fh io|hz dcm7 c` ofhtz)zoah rtc~eh rie`z aclf aegh io|ht dcmz. C` ethez |fhth rtc~eh rie`z aegh dcmzfe eth io|ht fe` fh joz o temcco`ei Ahmcjeth) fh ~oxjfht |oxim dh chm o fhrthacxa o e rtc~eh rie`. Ez e thzxi ae`s dh`hjcetchz |oxim dh otjhm o res zfetris fclfht rthacxaz o zes c` temcco`ei Ahmcjeth.Not fcz thezo` fh `o`retcze` Jo`lthzzco`ei Dxmlh Ojh jo`jixmhm fe rthacxazxrrot |oxim ejfch~h axjf o cz ze~c`lz toa ’c`jthezhz c` fh rthacxaz recm ds  dh`hjcetchz) `o toa c`jthezhz c` fh hjch`js o fheif jeth mhic~hts.
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 ]h Foxzh dxmlh |oxim eizo icac lto|f c` Ahmcjeth zrh`mc`l o lto|f c` fhhjo`oas rixz 2.8 rhtjh`elh roc`z. Dx c–z x`jihet fo| fcz jer |oxim dh h`otjhm. Eze thzxi) c–z icghis fe fh jer |oxim dh h`otjhm ds icacc`l fh eaox` o fh ~oxjfhtzrto~cmhm o dh`hjcetchz.

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