Vice President Mike Pence has been a strong ally for Trump in the efforts to repeal Obamacare. It was his vote Tuesday that helped break a tie to give Republicans a chance to continue fighting Obamacare.
In a meeting with several governors to originally pitch the repeal effort, Pence revealed the heartbreaking reason why he supports Trump’s goal of repealing Obamacare. According to Pence, Obamacare is providing money for “able-bodied adults” while denying those funds to the disabled who truly need it. (via The Hill)
The attempts to repeal Obamacare have been struggling due to a number of moderate Republicans. They claim that Medicaid expansion under Obamacare has provided a great number of their constituents with coverage and are leery of taking that away.
Due to their hesitancy to change Medicaid, the vote on Tuesday was a tight 51-50.
Vice President Pence met with governors from various states at the National Governors Association in Rhode Island in an early effort to pitch the bill that attempts to repeal Obamacare. He started by assuring them of President Trump’s commitment to repealing Obamacare, saying, “Yes, President Trump will lead this Congress to rescue the American people from the collapsing promises of Obamacare. Whatever your politics or your party, you know we’re talking about real people, a real crisis.” (via The Hill)
He then drove home the crisis facing Americans. It isn’t necessarily the rising premiums, private insurance companies being driven out of business, or even the ineffective coverage. The real crisis is worse. He explained there are “far too many able-bodied adults on the Medicaid rolls, leaving many disabled and vulnerable Americans at the back of the line.” (via The Hill)
According to Pence, seniors, children of low income families, and those with disabilities are getting pushed to the back of the line by able-bodied adults who, for whatever reason, are applying for welfare despite not having children, disabilities, or reasons for unemployment.
He used the example of Ohio to give validity to his point. According to Pence, Ohio has more than 60,000 individuals who are in desperate need of healthcare coverage, yet they are going without care because they are stuck on waiting lists. The disgusting reason for this is that there are more than 725,000 able-bodied adults enrolled in Medicaid.
A closer look at this problem reveals that in 2013, then Ohio governor John Kasich embraced the Medicaid expansion under Obamacare and spread it throughout the state. His administration predicted 365,000 able-bodied adults would sign up in the first year and that the state would be able to support the growth afterward. In reality, 650,000 signed up and the state was required to dedicate more than half the state’s budget to cover them.
Vice President Pence says that able-bodied citizens are overloading Medicaid and preventing many of those truly in need from receiving help. Do you agree with him?
This competition for resources has left many in Ohio who genuinely need coverage without it, as the state lacks the necessary funding. Ohio lawmakers were forced to put a freeze on new enrollees because able-bodied citizens on Medicaid are draining the funding.
Thankfully, Pence is the vice president now, or the vote to begin the repeal of Obamacare might not have gone through. Now Republicans are in a position where they can begin to unwind the damage of Obamacare and get the healthcare system working to cover those who need it.
Let’s hope they can see it through and get rid of Obamacare.