Efforts to gut Medicaid stopped—for now

Meredith Dodson, Director of U.S. Poverty Campaigns
July 18, 2017

Obviously, last night's news that the Senate will not have the votes to pass legislation that guts Medicaid was huge -- and proof that grassroots activism works! In particular, I am tremendously grateful for everyone who shared their story of why Medicaid/health coverage was important in the media, with your members of Congress in meetings/letters/calls, and engaged others to be in action. 

As a reminder, there are more threats ahead, including the FY2018 budget -- tomorrow, the House Budget Committee will take up legislation that "fast tracks" at least $20 billion in cuts to Medicaid and $10 billion in cuts to SNAP. 

TAKE ACTION: Submit letters to the editor (LTE) to your local paper reminding them that the collapse of BCRA is a sign that the American people will not tolerate gutting health care for millions to give tax cuts to the rich, AND any plans to cut or restructure Medicaid must be opposed. Use our updated online Medicaid media alert to send your letter today.

How did we get here? Last week, many observers were expecting the Senate to vote on Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA) this week with a good chance of it passing. That’s all changed now. It started late last week when Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Susan Collins (R-ME) announced they would vote no on the motion to proceed on BCRA (a procedural vote to begin consideration of the bill). With all Democrats and Independents also opposing the motion, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) could not afford to lose any more votes on the motion. Then Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) had surgery over the weekend and cannot travel back to DC this week to vote. Sen. McConnell thus postponed the vote until McCain returned.

But late last night, Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) announced they would vote also no on the motion to proceed, essentially killing the bill… for now. And, it appears that efforts to pass a "repeal now, replace later" bill in the Senate will not garner enough votes to pass.

There are further threats ahead -- but your advocacy has made a difference. Want to make an impact next week? Join us in DC and tell Congress in person! www.resultsconference.org