House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) released last week a fiscal year (FY) 2015 budget plan. Like previous Ryan budget plans, the FY 2015 plan repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and includes Medicare and Medicaid cuts, which would account for most of the total $5.1 trillion in spending reductions over 10 years. The plan proposes to reduce Medicare spending by $129 billion over 10 years and partially privatizes Medicare by giving seniors a choice of private plans or traditional fee-for-service Medicare. The plan also proposes to turn Medicaid into state block grants, which could eliminate federal guarantees of coverage. Federal Medicaid spending would be reduced by $732 billion over 10 years.
The proposed budget may pass in the House, but is unlikely to pass in the Democratic-controlled Senate.
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