The House passed the controversial GOP budget plan Friday. The plan, proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), delegates Medicaid to the states in the form of block grants. It also would basically privatize Medicare for everyone who is younger than 55 today. President Obama said the plan will end Medicare as we know it. He brought forward his own deficit-reduction plan, which he said would get the country back on track within 12 years.
Meanwhile, Republican governors are working up their own recommendations on health reform, which, according to Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, would include a repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
Listen to this week’s Policy & Practice podcast to hear more. Stay tuned for more updates on May 2, after Congress returns from its two-week break.