The White House-backed social spending framework will feature a reduced expansion of Medicare and Medicaid coverage, such as President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MORE seeks to gain sufficient support to advance legislation.
The framework, planned for reporters Thursday morning before Biden’s meeting with House Democrats, would offer four years of subsidized private health insurance on ObamaCare exchanges for lower-income people living in states that did not expand. Medicaid.
According to the White House, the plan would provide premiums of $ 0 for 4 million people in the “coverage gap,” meaning they don’t earn enough to qualify for ObamaCare subsidies, but because they live in a non-expanding state, they also earn too much. to qualify for Medicaid.
The temporary plan is more industry-friendly than the proposal offered by House Democrats in September, which would have created an entirely new “Medicaid-like” government program to provide coverage in the 12 states without expansion.
While many Democrats backed the idea, the Senator has objected in recent days. Joe manchinJoe ManchinBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for IRS Bank Reporting Proposal Removed from Spending Bill Democrats Try to Back Manchin on Removal of the paid family leave proposal PLUS (DW.Va.) and other state legislators who have been paying for Medicaid expansion for years. They argued that it would not be fair to their constituents if the federal government paid the full cost of expanding the shrunken states.
But at the same time, the temporary plan could be easier to set up and avoid pushback from industry groups who fear a new federal program is a stepping stone to a large-scale, government-run “public option.”
Supporters of Medicaid expansion, including House Majority Whip James Clyburn (DS.C.) and Georgia Democratic Sensors. Raphael warnockRaphael WarnockPerdue Reflects on Primary Challenge Against Kemp in Georgia: Report Senate Democrats Propose Sanctions for Federal Reserve Officials Failing to Follow Code of Ethics McConnell Endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Race MORE and Jon ossoffJon OssoffPerdue Reflects on Primary Challenge Against Kemp in Georgia: McConnell Report Endorses Herschel Walker in Georgia Senate Race 5 Sticking Points Holding Democrats’ Spending Package MORE I wanted it to work as long as possible.
In Medicare, the framework will expand coverage for hearing benefits, which is only a third of what progressives were pushing.
Its. Bernie sandersBernie Sanders Democrats Hoping to Hold Big Oil ‘Accountable’ on Money: Will Joe Manchin ‘s Billionaires Tax Survive? Democrats cut paid leave from spending deal amid opposition from Manchin MORE (I-Vt.) He has drawn a line in the sand in recent days, saying that adding dental, hearing and vision benefits to Medicare in the Democrats’ social spending package “is not negotiable.”
Progressives have long been pushing to expand Medicare benefits, but dental benefits especially were some of the costliest.
The framework includes the extension of enhanced financial assistance to help people pay premiums under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), a key part of Speaker Nancy pelosiNancy PelosiBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Money Report: Will Joe Manchin Billion Dollar Tax Survive? Energy and Environment Overnight – Presented by American Clean Power – Democrats Prepare to Grill Oil Executives MORElegacy (D-Calif.).
According to the White House, the framework will lower premiums for more than 9 million Americans who purchase insurance through ACA exchanges by an average of $ 600 per person per year.