Impact Of GOP Proposed Medicare And Medicaid Cuts, By Congressional District

TPM’s Evan McMorris-Santoro reports on the proposed cuts to Medicare and Medicaid resulting from the GOP voucher plan, broken down by congressional district by Reps. Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Frank Pallone (D-NJ). If you know your U.S. Rep.’s name, scroll down past the maps and select your district directly. For example, I have the misfortune to be misrepresented in TX-7 by John Abney Culberson (R-Hell) (note: link is to .pdf file).

The results are in no way surprising: in every local district I glanced at, the numbers of people, visits, medications etc. covered under the GOP vouchers were notably lower than under Medicare and Medicaid as we know them… and they are scheduled to go still lower in the future if the GOP plan is implemented. Dog help you if you’re under age 55. The numbers are based on undeniably reputable sources (see the list of data sources at the bottom of your district’s report).

I live in a largely middle-class congressional district. Most people, unlike me, own their homes, have one or two bedrooms per adult, one car per person of driving age, etc. Despite that level of comfort, the cuts affect literally thousands of people in this district. Here’s the bulleted summary from the report for my district:

  • Reduce coverage for 5,800 dual eligible seniors and individuals with disabilities who rely on Medicaid to supplement their Medicare coverage or pay their Medicare cost sharing.
  • Jeopardize nursing home care for 900 whose expenses are paid by Medicaid.
  • Impair the health care of 38,000 children, including 2,200 newborns each year, who receive coverage under Medicaid.
  • Cut payments to hospitals for 10,000 emergency room visits paid for by Medicaid each year.
  • Cut payments to hospitals for 4,800 inpatient visits paid for by Medicaid each year.
  • Reduce jobs and hurt economic growth by eliminating $0.8 billion in Medicaid spending.

And that’s just in my relatively well-fixed middle-class district. The GOP plan would inflict a world of hurt, as the Southern expression has it. How does it affect your district?

Meanwhile, as Eric Kleefeld of TPM reports, the NRCC is trying to pressure TV stations into removing a PCCC ad targeting the GOP Medicare plan from the airwaves, allegedly over the statement that a GOP Representative “voted to end Medicare” … and the NRCC lost the battle. It didn’t even reach the lawsuit stage. The ad stays on the air.

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