It’s a harsh reality — the U.S. cannot afford to cover the current number of Medicaid recipients with the current level of benefits.
Just how expensive is Medicaid? Republicans in the U.S. House were able to find $834 billion in savings over 10 years by drastically cutting the federal insurance coverage for the poor in their now notoriously bad American Health Care Act.
President Donald Trump’s budget suggests paring down the program by (possibly another) $610 billion over 10 years. In all, the AHCA and Trump’s budget could cut around half of federal Medicaid spending, more than $1.4 trillion over 10 years, although the White House has said some of the president’s cuts overlap with the AHCA cuts.