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Warning: Last-ditch GOP effort offering $200 billion to buy votes won’t fix unfixable Senate health bill

Earlier this week we reported that the Senate GOP health “repeal without replacement” proposal would do great harm to NC [1], as it would double the number of uninsured in North Carolina.

Unfortunately, the latest is that in a last-ditch effort to save their bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Senate Republican leaders are reportedly [2] offering $200 billion to win the votes of senators from states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA.

Here’s a brief explanation from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities:

“This new fund would presumably supplement private coverage for those who gained Medicaid coverage under the expansion but would lose it under the Senate bill.  No senator should fall for it. While $200 billion seems like a lot of money, it’s only 17 percent of the bill’s $1.2 trillion in cuts: $756 billion from Medicaid and $427 billion from subsidies to help low- and moderate-income people buy coverage in the individual market.”

Overall, it is clear that this additional money would do nothing to fix [3] the major and fundamental problems that the bill would create:

No one should be fooled:  The reported $200 billion cannot fix this bill, and does not come close to undoing coverage cuts.

Here’s what would really help, as we stated earlier this week [1]:

“Based on the facts, it is clear that NC’s two U.S. senators should support the idea of starting from scratch with a different, bipartisan approach that leaves Medicaid aside and focus on making real improvements to marketplace stability and affordability.”

Luis A. Toledo is a Public Policy Analyst for the Budget & Tax Center, a project of the North Carolina Justice Center.