Republicans are planning to use Trumpcare to defund Planned Parenthood, which currently receives Medicaid funding to provide birth control, cancer screenings, and other care to low-income people. What could possibly go wrong? Well, according to the Congressional Budget Office, this:
The analysts estimated that excluding the women’s health organization from the Medicaid program for one year, as congressional Republicans have proposed, would particularly affect low-income areas and communities without many health care options, leaving 15 percent of those people “without services that help women avert pregnancy.”
And what happens when you leave 15 percent of people in some communities “without services that help women avert pregnancy”?
CBO predicts that restricting access to contraceptive care will then have a domino effect. It would lead to several thousand more births to Medicaid patients, and, in turn, a number of those children will themselves qualify for Medicaid. The additional tab for Medicaid? About $21 million in 2017.
That $21 million is less than the immediate savings of defunding Planned Parenthood, but of course children who qualify for Medicaid aren’t a one-time expense. Although Republicans may plan to deal with that by just cutting Medicaid so much that those kids don’t get any pesky health care. After all, it might stand between rich people and another big tax cut.