On July 30th, the MI Safety Net Coalition (comprised of Mothering Justice, MI United and MOSES), held a birthday party to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of the enactment of Medicaid and Medicare. These historic programs have continuously improved the health of millions of families. They were joined by Senator Debbie Stabenow and two of our members, Deanne Austin and Roquesha Oneal.
“Healthcare is personal, not political and we don’t want someone put on the United States Supreme Court that doesn’t understand that,” said Stabenow. “We want to make sure that this White House understands that people want more affordable healthcare, not less.”
The group stood before a federal courthouse in Detroit to release a new report showing how Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act, provides vital health services for seniors, veterans, children, expectant mothers, people with disabilities and low-income working families. It describes the impact of federal proposals to cut Medicaid and Medicare in order to pay for the new tax law passed last December.
The report explains that the current administration has proposed to cut Medicare, Medicaid and the ACA by $1.3 trillion, and House Republican leaders have proposed cutting the three programs by $2 trillion — the same amount as the cost of the GOP tax cuts. The analysis also contrasts who is at risk in Michigan from these proposed cuts with the individuals and corporations who have most benefited from the new tax law.
Speakers in the event also highlighted a new danger facing Medicaid and the ACA because of the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to fill the Supreme Court vacancy left by retiring Justice Kennedy. Kavanaugh’s record suggests he would not uphold the ACA, including protections for pre-existing conditions and the Medicaid expansion, prompting alarm about cases making their way to the Supreme Court right now.
Medicaid may also face new risks because of new work requirements in over a dozen states that deny people healthcare because of arbitrary new red tape and barriers. While a Kentucky judge has already blocked implementation of Medicaid work requirements there, further litigation is expected with tremendous implications for millions of Americans.