Politics Kemp sues Biden administration over Medicaid work requirements
Trump rally in Georgia a key test for his political relevance
Trump rally in Georgia a key test for his political relevanceFormer President Donald Trump had finally prevailed on former Sen. David Perdue, helping to convince him to run against Kemp in the Republican primary, and endorsing him as soon as he announced his candidacy in early December.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) is suing the Biden administration to force the reinstatement of the state's Medicaid waiver.
The plan, which was approved in the final days of the Trump administration but had not yet taken effect, would have imposed work requirements and premiums while covering some additional people.
The Biden administration rejected those parts of the plan last month, saying the policies would hurt, rather than help, people gain access to coverage, which is especially important during the coronavirus pandemic.
Kemp qualifies for reelection, says he's focused on Abrams
ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp turned his reelection qualifying on Thursday into a political rally, with cheers of “Four more years!” ringing in the state Capitol's marble halls as the Republican tries to brush off GOP challenger David Perdue and look toward a rematch with Democrat Stacey Abrams. “I’ve been focused on Stacey Abrams. We’ve been waiting for this day for three years," Kemp told reporters after he spoke to hundreds of supporters, including a number of prominent state lawmakers. "What we’re going to have to overcome to win the nomination, we’re not taking for granted. But our sights are focused on who the real opponent is going to be.
"Simply put, the Biden administration is obstructing our ability to implement innovative healthcare solutions for more than 50,000 hardworking Georgia families rather than rely on a one-size-fits-none broken system," Kemp said in a statement Friday.
"They have attempted an unlawful regulatory bait and switch, and it is clear that their decision is not being driven by policy - rather politics - as they attempt to force their top-down agenda on the American people," Kemp added.
The original plan stopped short of the full-scale Medicaid expansion supported by Democrats, which would have covered thousands more low-income adults regardless of their employment status.
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End of COVID may bring major turbulence for US health care
WASHINGTON (AP) — When the end of the COVID-19 pandemic comes, it could create major disruptions for a cumbersome U.S. health care system made more generous, flexible and up-to-date technologically through a raft of temporary emergency measures. Winding down those policies could begin as early as the summer. That could force an estimated 15 million Medicaid recipients to find new sources of coverage, require congressional action to preserve broad telehealth access for Medicare enrollees, and scramble special COVID-19 rules and payment policies for hospitals, doctors and insurers.
Kemp's plan, called "Pathways to Coverage," would have covered about 50,000 adults who met the work requirements and who earned no more than 100 percent of the federal poverty level, just under $12,900.
Most individuals who earned between 50 percent and 100 percent of the poverty level would also have been required to pay monthly premiums.
However, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services only rejected the state's work requirement and premiums; the coverage expansion to 100 percent of the poverty level was left in place.
Kemp's office said without premiums and work requirements, the only thing left is "significant Medicaid expansion in Georgia without condition," which was "not what Georgia signed up for and represents an egregious regulatory bait and switch on the core terms of a massive federal-state program."
But the coverage portion alone without the work requirements and premiums plan would be much more expensive than fully expanding Medicaid under ObamaCare.
According to the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute, the cost per person for fully expanding Medicaid is five times lower than Georgia's Medicaid waiver, because the federal government pays 90 percent of the costs for full expansion and only 67 percent of costs for partial expansion.
No state work requirements have been approved under the current administration, and courts have struck down previous attempts in other states that were approved by the Trump administration.
McConnell called Sidney Powell and Lin Wood 'clowns' as they pushed to help Trump overturn the election .
Powell made a name for herself by promising to "Release The Kraken" of debunked voter fraud claims."Everybody around him, except for clowns like Sidney Powell and Lin Wood, are trying to get him to do the right thing," McConnell told New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns in an interview for their forthcoming book of efforts to get President Donald Trump to accept that he lost the 2020 election.