Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tennessee`s Diane Black (R) District#6 Representing Who ?

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House to Vote on Rep. Diane Black (R) Tennessee District#6
Bill Paring Down Health Law's Medicaid Expansion
By Julian Pecquet - 10/21/11

The House will vote next week on legislation that will prevent as many as 1 million middle-income Americans from becoming eligible for Medicaid under the healthcare reform law, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor(upper right) (R-Va.) announced Friday.The Medicaid eligibility bill, sponsored by Rep. Diane Black (R-Tenn.)(upper left), is the last bill on the leader's weekly schedule. It cuts the deficit by about $13 billion over 10 years and is expected to pass with bipartisan support. The health law currently counts only the taxable portion of Social Security benefits when calculating Medicaid eligibility, allowing up to a million middle-income early retirees to potentially be eligible for a program meant to help low-income people. Black's bill would replace the healthcare law's Modified Adjusted Gross Income (MAGI) with the more restrictive eligibility standard for federal assistance programs. Black said her bill was a matter of "fairness" during markup in the Ways and Means Committee last week. It cleared the panel 23-12, with Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.) voting with Republicans. Without the change, Black said at the time, the law "could result in individuals whose incomes are up to 425 percent of the poverty level receiving Medicaid. This is unacceptable."Many Democrats have concerns, however.They point out that the MAGI definition was chosen to create a seamless transition between eligibility for Medicaid and for insurance subsidies under the healthcare law. By counting Social Security benefits as income, Black's bill tightens the eligibility standard not only for Medicaid but for private plan subsidies as well. During markup, Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) called the Black bill "Republicans' first step on the slippery slope to limit middle-class Americans' ability to claim certain deductions for retirement security, college tuition expenses or even adoption assistance.

Editorial : Remember, Congress lady Black, is a multi-millionaire and does not have any of these problems of the poor ! If she has aligned herself with Mr. Cantor, we know where he`s from. How do you like her now Tennesseans ?

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