In response to President Trump’s proposal to overhaul Medicaid, Dr. Jamila Taylor, director of health care reform and senior fellow at The Century Foundation, released the following statement:

“President Trump’s proposed radical overhaul of Medicaid is the clearest sign to date of his disdain for helping Americans access affordable, quality health care. Allowing states to cap spending on Medicaid and limit health benefits and available drugs for patients would be catastrophic to the health and well-being of millions of people across the country.

“Worse, this proposal is a direct attack on the most vulnerable among us — particularly people of color, people with disabilities, Indigenous communities, and other low-income individuals. Nearly 1 in 5 Americans today are covered by the Medicaid program, a vital safety net that the Trump administration is trying to systematically tear apart. Block grants would leave an indelible hole in that net.

“Regardless of how Trump tries to spin this overhaul, Americans will see it for what it is: yet another unlawful effort to strip people of their health care. Thus far, advocates have been successful in stalling proposed Medicaid restrictions and limitations in the courts. Hopefully, the coming year will be no different.”

Taylor leads TCF’s work to build on the ACA and develop the next generation of health reform, including public plan proposals in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election. To speak with her about the significance of President Trump’s proposal, contact: [email protected].