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Medicaid cuts and kids

Posted on June 30, 2017
Louisiana’s pediatricians have pushed back hard against the Medicaid caps and cuts included in the Senate’s “health care” bill.

Number of the Day

35 - Percent cut to Medicaid over the next two decades under the Senate “health” bill. The cuts are projected to leave 15 million people without health insurance by 2026, with even more losing coverage during the following decade as cuts become more severe. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

Senate bill fails every litmus test

Posted on June 29, 2017
U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy laid out his criteria last week for supporting the Senate’s “health care” bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act, telling The Advocate: "I will study the bill to determine whether it fulfills President Trump's campaign promises to lower premiums, maintain coverage and protect those with preexisting conditions without mandates."

Number of the Day

105 - Percent increase in average monthly after-tax-credit premiums under Senate health bill (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

Senate vote on Medicaid cuts delayed

Posted on June 28, 2017
Lacking far fewer than the requisite 50 votes, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell abruptly canceled a vote on the Senate “health care” bill that would lead to 22 million fewer people with health insurance coverage nationwide.

Number of the Day

74 - Percent increase in average monthly after-tax-credit premiums under Senate health bill (Source: Kaiser Family Foundation)

CB-Oh No

Posted on June 27, 2017
The official numbers are out from the Congressional Budget Office, and the U.S. Senate’s “healthcare” bill is just as bad as the one approved by the House.

Number of the Day

$6,500 -  Projected annual cost for a benchmark “silver” plan for a 64-year old earning $24,600 per year under the Better Care Reconciliation Act, compared to $1,700 a year under current law.  (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

Healthcare showdown

Posted on June 26, 2017
With nary a week of deliberation, the U.S. Senate continues to plow forward toward a likely Thursday vote on a “healthcare” bill that would upend one-sixth of the country’s economy, wreak havoc on health-care providers, take away coverage from millions of Americans and raise insurance premiums and co-pays for millions of others.

Number of the Day

Number of the Day 68 - Percentage of all jobs in Louisiana that pay below $20 an hour. (Source: United Way via Jim Beam)
The Senate’s proposal to repeal the Affordable Care Act, released Thursday after weeks of secret deliberations, fails to meet the litmus tests that Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy established as a condition of his support.

Number of the Day

$262 Million- Projected savings from changes implemented in  the recently passed criminal justice reform package over 10 years, reducing the prison population by 10% overall.  (Source: Louisiana Justice Reinvestment Package via

Senate unveils “health” revamp

Posted on June 22, 2017
The U.S. Senate was supposed to release its long-awaited healthcare bill today after a secretive process that left most Republican senators and every Democrat in the dark.

Number of the Day

$221 billion -  Estimated cost of services for low-income individuals who will seek treatment of opioid addiction between 2018 and 2026. That is $176 billion more than the $45 billion fund senators have suggested adding to the AHCA to pay for opioid addiction treatment during the same time period.  (Source: The Center for American Progress)

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