Julio Ochoa of Health News Florida writes:
“A proposal by two senators to replace Obamacare would be particularly bad for Florida, costing the state billions of dollars over the next 10 years, a new study says.
The Cassidy-Graham plan, named after Republican Senators Bill Cassidy, of Louisiana, and Lindsay Graham, of South Carolina, would do away with tax subsidies that help people pay for insurance premiums. Instead, states would get one lump sum from the federal government that would shrink over time. That block grant would go away completely by 2026, according to a study by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a left-leaning Washington-based think tank.
‘So we’re talking about clearly knocking off a bunch of folks from insurance because they otherwise would not be able to afford these plans,’ said Anne Swerlick, an analyst with the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added].
The Cassidy-Graham plan would also make drastic changes to Medicaid. Medicaid expansion would go away and the federal government would redistribute the expansion funds to all states.