Membrane sweep risks, membrane sweeps, and the GOP’s new strategy
On Wednesday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sen. John Barrasso (R) introduced the “Membrane Sweep Risk Protection Act of 2017” to protect the American people from “membrane sweeps,” which the GOP calls “vaporizing the health care system.”
The bill is sponsored by Sens.
John Cornyn (R–TX), Mike Crapo (R – ID), Lisa Murkowski (R -AK), and Shelley Moore Capito (R, WV).
The bill would also require that “all States” implement a “Memphane Sweep Protection Plan” that would “ensure that the federal government is not able to reduce Medicaid eligibility, block eligibility, or otherwise interfere with States’ ability to manage Medicaid.”
“A new wave of membrane sweeps is happening right now,” Collins said in a statement.
“While states and private insurers may be the first to suffer the most, they are not alone.
In fact, the entire health care industry has been swept up in the vortex of this epidemic.
This legislation is about protecting our nation from a new wave.”
Capito said that the bill would be a “historic moment” for the nation and would help to prevent the “meltdown” that has been plaguing the country.
“This bill will help us build upon the bipartisan efforts of the House and Senate to address this unprecedented crisis and ensure that the nation has the resources to rebuild, not only our own economy, but the health of our nation as well,” she said.
“It’s important that the American public knows that they’re not alone,” said Barrasso, who said the legislation “will allow us to build on what has been achieved.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R.-KY) said that “this is the moment to act,” adding that the “tremendous effort” by Republicans in both the House of Representatives and the Senate was necessary to get “the best of both worlds.”
McConnell said the bill was “not designed to be a substitute for state-based solutions.”
As reported by the Associated Press: “The legislation, introduced by Sens [John] Barrasso of Wyoming, Lisa Murkowska of Alaska, and David Perdue of Georgia, would create an ’emergency’ rule that would prevent states from taking advantage of the federal budget cuts by changing Medicaid eligibility.
The provision would allow states to block people from enrolling in Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, even if they’re healthy.
It would also prevent states and the federal agency responsible for Medicaid from taking actions that could affect eligibility.
States that do so would be required to set up a system of screening and screening programs.”
The legislation is the result of a bipartisan compromise between Barrasso and Murkowski, a former Republican senator and one of the two Democrats to vote against the Affordable Act, as well as Sen. Rand Paul (R., KY).
Barrasso said that he “wasn’t there” in the compromise, but that he was working with his colleagues on it.
“In the end, I had to agree with Senator Murkowski and with Sen. Barrasso that this is the right thing to do,” he said.
“The time has come for us to take this matter to the American People.
It is not a partisan issue, and I support this legislation.”
Collins added that the bipartisan bill was a “very good compromise.”
Read more at the National Review.