Judd Legum at Think Progress has a great article this morning (“Franken destroys Republican talking point on Trumpcare using science”) in which he explores the devastating impact that Trumpcare Medicaid cuts will have on average Americans. In the article, Legum highlights a brief and excellent video featuring Minnesota senator, Al Franken (see below), in which Franken recites some of the most powerful statistics and refutes the claim of a conservative writer that having Medicaid is no better than being uninsured. This is from the article:
“Monday morning on MSNBC, Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) countered Roy’s argument. He noted that the tax cuts that Trumpcare would deliver to the richest 400 taxpayers would pay for 750,000 people to be on Medicaid. Franken didn’t rely on a single study but cited the more comprehensive analysis of recent research on Medicaid published in NEJM. These researchers found that for every 750,000 people who lose Medicaid coverage, 1,000 to 2,000 people would die.
Franken actually understates the case. The NEJM cited a recent study estimating that Medicaid expansion has saved one life for every 239 to 319 people covered. That means enrolling 750,000 people in Medicaid could actually save 2,300 to 3,100 lives.
This also makes intuitive sense. When people have life-threatening illnesses, they need treatment and Medicaid gives them access to treatment. Without insurance, underlying health issues go untreated and can eventually be fatal.”