GOP Proposal on Pre-Existing Conditions Make a Bad Bill Worse
Republican leaders are not giving up on repealing the Affordable Care Act. Yesterday, the media reported on a summary of a new proposal to modify the harmful House repeal bill.
Make no mistake: The proposed changes only make a bad bill worse.
New proposal takes aim at people with pre-existing conditions
The new proposal allows states to seek waivers from enforcing the ACA’s core protections for people with pre-existing conditions for almost any reason a state claims. Under this harmful amendment, states could:
- Charge people higher premiums based on pre-existing conditions
- Eliminate the law’s essential health benefits requirements that guarantee coverage for services like mental health care, prescription drugs, and maternity care
- Segregate people with pre-existing conditions in high-risk pools where experts have warned they will likely face more expensive and less comprehensive coverage
And remember, the new proposal is adding troubling changes to a bill that has been widely criticized for the damage it would cause to our health care system.
Let’s review all the ways the House repeal proposal is bad for America’s health care
In March, Speaker Ryan gave up on passing the existing version of the American Health Care Act, unable to garner enough votes. Now Ryan and other Republican leaders want to revive it. Here’s what this disastrous legislation would do:
- Raise premiums for millions of people in America, especially older and sicker populations
- Increase the number of people without insurance by 24 million
- Effectively eliminate Medicaid expansion and ration future Medicaid care
- Give $600 billion in tax breaks to the wealthy
The bottom line? Affordable Care Act repeal would destroy health care
Despite their promises, Republicans in Congress continue to threaten the ACA’s protections for people with pre-existing conditions and its guarantee of affordable coverage. And they continue to put forth proposals that strip coverage from millions and drive up health care costs for millions more.
Take Action: Use our tools to tell your members of Congress to oppose any bills that will increase the number of uninsured, decrease federal protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and cut Medicaid. Tell them it’s time to drop harmful campaign to repeal the ACA.