House budget takes aim at health spending

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI).

House Republicans unveiled a 2017 spending blueprint Tuesday that dramatically trims outlays for Medicare, Medicaid and other other health services by more than $1 trillion over the next decade.

House Budget Committee Chairman Tom Price (R-GA) said the measure would cut deficit spending by $7 trillion in the same time span.

In addition to repealing the Affordable Care Act, it would establish a “premium support” Medicare model, morph Medicare Parts A and B into a single deductible and offer tort-reform provisions. Medicaid expansion under the ACA would be terminated and replaced by block grants, he said.

Price added that the plan “provides a vision and specific solutions for how we can, as a nation, get our fiscal house in order.”

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