WASHINGTON — Senate Republican legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act released Thursday would continue to penalize New Jersey and others that expanded Medicaid, forcing sharp losses in the number of residents receiving coverage unless the state taxpayers pick up the tab.
The revised Better Care Reconciliation Act keeps the Medicaid reductions — $772 billion over 10 years. The bill would phase out the enhanced federal funds for states that expanded health coverage, and provide a fixed sum to states regardless of need rather than providing funds for every recipient enrolled under the federal-state program.
“Small and superficial changes do not change the fundamental cruelty of Trumpcare,” said Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-6th Dist.), the top Democrat on the House Energy and Commerce Committee. “The updated bill maintains the devastating and heartless cuts to Medicaid, which will force states to ration care for millions of seniors in nursing homes, …
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