We worried that while there was a major public opposition to the GOP’s Medicare plan, there wouldn’t be the same type of outcry over their plan to slash funding for Medicaid, even though the cuts are just as bad, if not worse. Good news though:
About 60 percent of Americans want Congress to keep Medicaid in its current form with the federal government guaranteeing coverage and setting minimum benefits for states to follow, according to the survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Just over half said they didn’t want to see funds cut.
The New Republic’s Jonathan Cohn believes it’s because more people have experience with Medicaid than you might think:
There are, first, the working-age Americans, along with their children, for whom Medicaid provides basic health insurance. And then, there the elderly and the disabled, for whom Medicaid provides supplemental coverage (to pay for the deductibles in Medicare, for example) or long-term care insurance (most famously, to pay for nursing homes). In many cases, these are people who were not poor until they needed long-term care, spent down their savings, and eventually became eligible for Medicaid once they ran out of money. Middle-class people frequently learn about this when it happens to an elderly relative, creating a financial crisis that ends up involving the entire family.