This looks like a scary headline. Is it over stated? Is it “Mediscare?” Some who favor dismantling Medicare and Medicaid would probably say that it is. However, what it definitely makes clear is that the Republicans are preparing to make fundamental changes to way that health care is funded for seniors and those in need. Those changes are scary.
For Medicare, the Republicans would now have a procedural path to oblige the program to compete for long-term funding with defense and homeland security. As implemented, the Republican plan will be to “voucherize” the program. Instead of receiving full fee-for-care Medicare, Medicare beneficiaries would receive a fixed and limited amount with which to buy insurance policies.
The change would particularly disfavor “older, sicker and poorer” Medicare beneficiaries. They would now find that decent-quality insurance policies would charge much more than they could afford. They would have to buy inferior insurance policies with which they will be lucky to buy health care of even the lowest quality. Unqualified providers who spend minimal time currently on each Medicaid patient, known as “Medicaid mills,” would now be “Medicare mills,” too.
This dreadful push begins with the new House rules.