Time and time again, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan has proposed budgets that would gut Medicaid and take health care away from millions of Americans. The Koch-funded Americans for Prosperity has repeatedly been right by his side.
AFP supported Rep. Ryan’s 2013 budget proposal, which would have turned Medicaid into a block grant program and cut spending by $810 billion over ten years. They also supported his 2012 budget plan, which would have turned Medicaid into a block grant program and eliminated federal coverage mandates.
The Kaiser Family Foundation estimated that under that plan, 14 to 27 million Americans would have lost Medicaid coverage, and the Congressional Research Service warned that costs would have been shifted back to the states, making it difficult for states to maintain their current Medicaid programs.
When examining AFP’s record on this issue, it’s important to bear in mind the groups of people served by Medicaid: Almost half of its recipients are children, and another quarter are either elderly or disabled.