Reality Check: Senate Health Care Bill Doesn’t “Cut” Medicaid

The release of the “Better Care Reconciliation Act” last week was followed by a predictable flood of media stories and commentary decrying the proposed changes to Medicaid. In some ways, it echoed arguments used during the welfare reform debate in the 1990’s.

Yet the health care outrage lacked basic context and often contained misleading statements or outright falsehoods. While the bill is far from perfect and needs some significant changes, a reality-based foundation is imperative for meaningful discourse to occur.

False claim: The Medicaid “cuts” are huge

Reality: Only in government does slowing the growth of spending mean “cuts”