The New Senate Republican Bill Will Transform American Health Care, Avik Roy, Forbes (June 23, 2017): "...making the program sustainable requires the use of CPI-U. The fiscal sustainability of Medicaid is essential to making sure that those who depend on the program can know it will be there for them in the future."
The Senate Health-Care Bill's Needed Medicaid Reforms, editorial, National Review (June 27, 2017): "...the largest reform to entitlement spending since 1996...The program is unsustainable, and must be reformed in the name of fiscal sanity."
Are the GOP's Proposed Medicaid Reforms Mean?, Chris Pope, National Review (June 27, 2017): "Over time, this will help ensure better ongoing scrutiny of Medicaid spending, more cost conscious management of priorities by states, and a fairer allocation of resources that puts the neediest first."
ObamaCare repeal must include Medicaid reform, David McIntosh and Michel Needham, The Hill (June 5, 2017): "The only way to put Medicaid on a truly sustainable budget is to ensure it cannot grow faster than the economy as a whole. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.), for example, has suggested switching the Medicaid "per capita" cap growth rate to CPI-U, the broader measure of inflation. At the very least, the Senate should revise the indexing rates to more closely align with the historical and projected trends for medical care consumption of the different beneficiary groups."
Sen. Pat Toomey's Serious Medicaid Idea, Matt Lewis, The Daily Beast (March 20, 2017): "Toomey believes House Republicans should link funding to the normal growth rate, known as the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U). This makes sense. CPI-M has consistently been much higher than the average growth in Medicaid expenditures, per capita...In truth, the savings would be minor relative to the size of the program for the next decade. But the goal is to bend the cost-curve for the long-term."
The Republicaid Party?, Editorial, The Wall Street Journal (June 29, 2017): "Meanwhile, four long years from now, the bill would start to phase-down the state payment formula for old and new Medicaid beneficiaries to equal rates. Governors ought to prioritize the most urgent needs. This would be the largest entitlement reform ever while still protecting the most vulnerable...This does not "cut" spending; it merely slows the rate of increase."
Americans Need Relief From Obamacare, Michael Needham, Real Clear Politics (June 29, 2017): "And conservatives should not dismiss the many merits of the bill as it already stands... The BCRA plants the seed of generational reform of Medicaid, a program with out-of-control costs that poorly serves the most vulnerable in our society....These are victories that are worth defending against attacks from the left or against alterations proposed by moderate Republicans, as Senator Pat Toomey has done in fighting to preserve the bill's Medicaid reforms."