On Thursday, the House passed a FY 2015 that would reduce federal spending by nearly $5 trillion over the next ten years and make significant changes to Medicaid and Medicare. (See WICS article "Ryan Budget Calls for Block Granting Medicaid, Privatizing Medicare, Repealing ACA", April 4, 2014.) The budget proposes to eliminate most of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act, including reducing health care coverage and subsidies. Additionally, it would cut around $700 billion from Medicaid and convert Medicare to a voucher program. Deeps cuts would be made to food stamps, education, and farm programs as well.
The bill passed the House 219 to 205, with no Democrats voting in favor of it, and twelve Republicans opposing it. The bill has virtually no chance of surviving the Democratic-controlled Senate.