Headline from the Associated Press – Report: Up to 44m more uninsured under GOP budget
Minor side note, the article never once questions anything this report says. It’s a report, after all, and it’s from a Foundation. That might as well be science, and as the AP knows, if you question anything a scientist or sciency person says, well just fuck you.
Some things that may have warranted a question, however:
“The House Republican budget would leave up to 44 million more low-income people uninsured as the federal government cuts states’ Medicaid funding by about one-third over the next 10 years”
Cuts funding by one-third, carpet bombs 44 million poor people. Got it so far. Though I will mention that “cutting” Medicaid funding means the Republicans proposed 1/3 less than Obama proposed for future spending. Funding is going to increase either way. Yes, the way they wrote it is very misleading, but details are for queers. Next!
“Under current laws, Medicaid is expected to cover 76 million people in 2021, the end of the ten-year estimating window used in federal budgeting.”
Ok, now I have a question. So by the end of this 10 years, Medicaid is supposed to cover 76 million, but “cutting” 1/3 of the funding would only cover 32 million? That 33% difference covers 58% of Medicaid recipients? Now, I don’t want to question a Foundation (God knows the AP didn’t) but that math seems a bit off to me.
So the three things we learned from this article are 1) that whatever Obama proposes for future spending is the standard and if the GOP proposes less, that’s a cut 2) every dollar that the GOP doesn’t want to spend has a disastrous multiplying effect that defies mathematics, and 3.) if a Foundation says something that affirms your beliefs, you do not question it.
Way to go AP, you’re super credible and awesome.