House Republicans Use Budget Cuts To Target Obamacare

House Republicans have long attacked the Affordable Care Act, and now they are looking for ways to cut funding to it. Under the House-passed 2013 budget, each congressional committee would have to cut funding to a certain level. Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have proposed cutting programs created by the health care refom law. One specific cut would block states’ ability to set up insurance exchanges using funds from the Health and Human Services Department. The health reform law also expands Medicaid, but the GOP budget would cut Medicaid funding, lowering its funding cap and giving states new leeway to cut eligibity. The House committee will discuss the proposals during meetings this week.