At the national level, we have the hideous spectacle of the GOP trying to kick people off of health care. Everyone hates it.
Under Baker’s plan, which would not affect people with disabilities, adults in two-person households making between $16,240 and $21,600 a year would become ineligible for MassHealth. Parents in this income bracket have been allowed to enroll in MassHealth for 20 years.
The administration also wants to put up a “gate” that prevents many low-income adults with access to employer-sponsored health insurance from obtaining MassHealth. Advocates say this proposal, too, would hit working families who can’t afford to pay premiums.
“Making this kind of drastic change, which will primarily affect low-income parents, seems like a really unwise step to take, much less a change to make with a week’s notice,” said Victoria Pulos, a health care lawyer at the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute.
Pulos said the administration appears to be pulling back provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act that expanded Medicaid coverage to more adults — even as the governor has advocated strongly for keeping key features of that law. Republicans in Congress are seeking to dismantle it.
If you’re looking for savings in health care, why would low-income adults be the first place you look? Isn’t this another attempt to avoid having to come to grips with actual cost control — which may well involve the heavier hand of the state on providers?
One telling quote:
“This has been part of an ongoing conversation with folks in the health care community, the business community, and the insurance community for the past several months,” he added.
Whom does this leave out? Take a guess.
This unattractive little thing was dumped on a Friday (sort of) holiday weekend. No wonder it seems to be getting a chilly reception from legislators.
While I’m certainly glad that Baker opposes the horrific GOP wealthcare bills, he doesn’t quite deserve a medal for that. It’s what a normal person of ordinary compassion and decency would do. The politics of Trump, Ryan, and McConnell are no baseline — it’s a moral abyss.
To take away health care from low-income families is the opposite direction of how we should go. We should look to strengthen our commitment to health care for all, starting with those who can least afford it. Look elsewhere for savings, legislators.