Senator Nelson speaks from the Senate floor, telling colleagues that a change in Medicaid eligibility could save $13 billion, which could be used to reduce the national debt.
Nelson calls Medicaid an important safety net for the country’s most vulnerable families. But Nelson says the federal health care law approved by Congress last year expands Medicaid eligibility, allowing middle-income Americans to receive its health care benefits. Nelson says his bill would limit Medicaid to only the neediest Americans.
“This simple, reasonable change has a significant impact. It saves $13 billion,” Nelson tells colleagues in Washington.
Nelson’s bill calls for the savings to be applied to the national deficit.
Nelson, a Democrat, says the change would save money while maintaining the aspects of the health care law that have benefitted Americans. He says Medicaid was never intended to benefit middle-income families.
“Rather, Medicaid is part of a critical safety net for the most vulnerable and the most in need,” according to Nelson.
Nelson says middle-income Americans who would no longer qualify for Medicaid would still be eligible to receive health insurance coverage through the state health insurance exchange. They would also likely qualify for health coverage subsidies.