CaliforniaHealthline: GOP’s Official Platform Includes Changes to Medicare, Medicaid

On Tuesday, the Republican Party released its official platform, which includes Medicare and Medicaid proposals similar to those in House Budget Committee Chair and vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s (R-Wis.) budget plan, The Hill‘s “Healthwatch” reports.

Platform Details

Specifically, the platform states that the GOP would change Medicare into a partially privatized system, giving seniors the option between the existing Medicare program and subsidies to buy private insurance. In addition, the party would convert Medicaid into a block-grant program (Baker, “Healthwatch,” The Hill, 8/28). The platform calls for changing Medicare eligibility to be “more realistic in terms of today’s longer life span,” but does not specify what age would be appropriate.

In addition, the platform states the GOP would:

  • Repeal the Affordable Care Act;
  • Support technology advancements for electronic health record and data systems;
  • Promote health savings and reimbursement accounts;
  • Reform FDA to ensure jobs stay in the U.S.; and
  • Discourage the practice of defensive medicine (Zigmond, Modern Healthcare, 8/28).

The plan also would eliminate the ACA’s guaranteed coverage for individuals with pre-existing conditions, reverting back to existing rules that only guarantee insurance for those who have had continuous coverage (“Healthwatch,” The Hill, 8/28).

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One Response to “CaliforniaHealthline: GOP’s Official Platform Includes Changes to Medicare, Medicaid”
  1. Fletcher says:

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