Further indicating their willingness to “gouge poor people,” Senate Republicans are reportedly considering even deeper cuts to Medicaid than those proposed by the House version of Trumpcare, which amounted to around $800 billion over ten years.

“This change would thoroughly demolish Medicaid funding over time, much moreso than even the House bill.”
—Jordan Weissmann, Slate

The Hill’s Peter Sullivan first reported on this latest development Monday in a healthcare fight that continues to intensify as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to bring Trumpcare to the floor for a vote before the July 4 recess without any semblence of public debate.

Citing several aides and lobbyists, Sullivan reports that the proposal to make even larger cuts to Medicaid—a program that provides insurance for one in five Americans—has become a “consensus option.”

“The proposal would start out the growth rate for a new cap on Medicaid spending at the same levels as the House bill,” Sullivan writes, “but then drop to a lower growth rate that would cut spending more…starting in 2025.”

Because of the determination of Senate Republicans to keep the details of their version of Trumpcare hidden from the public, it has been difficult for activists and commentators to analyze the bill’s potential consequences. The possibility of even more severe Medicaid cuts demonstrates, for some, why the secrecy has been so strictly enforced.

“This change,” noted Slate‘s Jordan Weissmann, “would thoroughly demolish Medicaid funding over time, much more so than even the House bill.”

“No wonder the Senate leadership doesn’t want the public to see what it’s working on,” Weissmann concluded.

In a piece for the New Republic, Sarah Jones called the proposal a “near-apocalyptic scenario for the poor, people with disabilities, and many middle-class families as well.”