Toomey on ObamaCare Replacement: If We Leave Medicaid As-Is, 'We'll Have a Fiscal Crisis'
Pennsylvania Sen. Pat Toomey (R) reacted to the bipartisan opposition to Medicaid changes in the Senate GOP health care bill.
Most Democrats, along with select Republicans like Rob Portman of Ohio, Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, have expressed concern over proposed Medicaid changes.
Toomey said on "Sunday Morning Futures" that the Senate bill must include future adjustments in federal Medicaid spending to avoid a "ballooning" of the deficit.
"If we leave it on the path it's on now, we will have a fiscal crisis," Toomey said in Allentown, Pa.
"ObamaCare created a new category of [Medicaid] eligible Americans - working-age, able-bodied adults with no dependents," Toomey said of the program originally intended to help poorer Americans.
Of the current plan, Toomey remarked that "apparently according to [its critics], you can never do anything to make this program sustainable."
He said that he supports a Medicaid compromise that accepts the new reality that these able-bodied Americans can receive Medicaid, but that in the future, the growth of the program will be slowed to cut costs.
By states being instructed to gradually "pay their fair share," Toomey said it will help keep the federal deficit sustainable when it comes to health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare.
Watch the clip above.