A new study says the recently-passed GOP budget in the U.S. House of Representatives could cost Indiana more than $54 billion in Medicare, Medicaid and health care tax credit funding over the next decade. Families USA, a national health care advocacy organization, breaks down the House Republican budget’s impact on a state-by-state basis.
Executive Director Ron Pollack says it is not good news for Indiana.
“Simply the cutbacks from the Affordable Care Act that are envisioned by this budget proposal that there are over 579 thousand Hoosiers who would lose health coverage,” he says.
Republicans argue the current model is unsustainable and will require significant cuts in order to remain fiscally stable. And they say the Affordable Care Act does nothing to lower health care costs while further driving up the deficit.
Pollack agrees with the need for reform but says the Republican budget plan does not truly address the problems.
“What we’re seeing throughout this proposal is an attempt to shift the burden from the federal government to the states,” he says.
But the Republican authors of the budget say putting money directly into the hands of citizens through block grants will force insurance companies to compete, lowering costs and improving quality.