Republican Senate leaders unveiled a new version of their proposed health care reform bill on Thursday, in the hope that the revisions will bring enough Republican senators onboard for the legislation to pass the U.S. Senate. The Better Care Reconciliation Act features several “improvements” over the original Republican reform proposal, including the ability to sell cheaper, low benefit plans; additional funding for states to cover high cost enrollees; and funding for major addiction treatment programs.
However, Dr. Jonathan Cohen of The Lakewood Vaad says that, upon close glance, the legislation remains very troubling for low and moderate income families in New Jersey and across America. Dr. Cohen observes that the revised legislation leaves intact steep reductions in future federal Medicaid aid to states.
This will inevitably harm families who have been eligible for low cost plans under Medicaid, including those locally who have been able to buy insurance under NJ Family Care since 2007.
“The Vaad is keeping a close eye on what’s going on in Washington and reaching out to our elected officials to reinforce to them that any Obamacare replacement plan should not reverse over a decade of gains in healthcare,” says Dr. Cohen. “We cannot rest until we ensure that families in need across New Jersey are not hurt.”