Current circumstance suggests chaos is an intentional strategy to prevent Americans from focusing on issues that require our participation. The headlines are an exhausting array of disorder, President Trump: withdraws from the Paris Accord, criticizes mayor of London, dismisses Comey's testimony, may fire special counsel.
Underneath this barrage, health care legislation remains perhaps the most urgent issue facing the country. Health care makes up 18 percent of GDP and affects every American. Despite its universally acknowledged complexity, 13 senators are writing new health care legislation in seclusion and secrecy. The CBO will take approximately two weeks to score their bill, and a vote in the Senate is anticipated before the July 4 recess. This leaves minimal time for public review or legislative revision.
After weeks of privately drafting legislation, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell solicited only GOP feedback. Those discussions reveal intent to completely overhaul Medicaid financing with an unprecedented cap on federal spending. This goes beyond rolling back Medicaid expansion. The potential compromise appears to be a gradual (three to seven years) rather than abrupt decrease of Medicaid coverage. It is clear that millions of Americans will lose health care coverage. A recent Quinnipiac poll found 74 percent of voters oppose cutting federal funding for Medicaid.