House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and nearly all House Republicans voted late last month to rip away health coverage from hundreds of thousands of people like me, passing a measure that would impose work requirements as a condition of eligibility for Medicaid as part of their bill to raise the debt ceiling. If McCarthy’s bill becomes law, an estimated 600,000 people would lose coverage.
People who depend on the program for basic checkups, complicated medical procedures and community living could be harmed. As politicians quibble over rules, they ignore the real impact those funding cuts would entail. I know this first hand because two decades ago, I was a Medicaid recipient.
The above excerpt was originally published in CNN.
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