House Votes to Condemn Trump Medicaid Block Grant Plan

In a move that is sure to be merely symbolic, the Democrat controlled house has voted to condemn Trump administration’s Medicaid block grant plan along a party-line vote.

The bill is sure to be killed in the Senate.

The Hill reports the House on Tuesday passed a resolution officially condemning the Trump administration’s new Medicaid block grant plan.

The non-binding resolution won’t have much practical effect. It passed on a mostly party line vote of 224-189 and will almost certainly see no time in the GOP-controlled Senate.

Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.) was the only Democrat to break with his party.

The controversial Medicaid plan will let states apply for a waiver to scale back spending by converting part of their Medicaid funding into a block grant.

Democrats argue the administration doesn’t have the authority to approve such drastic changes, and Medicaid advocates say the changes would hurt low-income people and invite states to cut costs and reduce coverage.

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-Texas), one of the sponsors of the resolution, said the resolution is meant to “shine a light” on the administration’s attempts to gut the Affordable Care Act.

“They’ve been talking about these block grants in Texas for a while … everybody knows these are harmful,” Veasey said.

The vote represents the latest effort from Democrats attempting to put Republicans in a bind on health care.

Democrats took control of the House in 2018 after tying Republicans to the repeated attempts to repeal ObamaCare and arguing the GOP wants take away coverage from people with pre-existing conditions. They want to continue to position themselves as the party of health care ahead of the 2020 election.

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