Medicaid pay threat dodged

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Senate Majority Leader McConnell
Senate Majority Leader McConnell

Providers averted potentially billions of dollars in Medicaid funding losses in July after a Senate GOP healthcare reform bill was pulled from consideration.

The Senate proposal called for almost $800 billion to be withdrawn from Medicaid over the next decade.

Sens. Mike Lee (R-UT) and Jerry Moran (R-KS) surprised their party's leaders by coming out against the bill, effectively killing it. 

That set off a downward spiral that, as of press time, also left Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) without enough votes to simply pass a straight repeal of the Affordable Care Act without a replacement plan in place.