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The Senate proposal called for almost $800 billion to be withdrawn from Medicaid over the next decade.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