On July 20, CBO scored the Senate’s third version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA). The third time is not a charm. This iteration of the Senate bill would still gut the core Medicaid program, end the Medicaid expansion, dramatically increase deductibles and out-of-pocket costs, and take away health insurance from 22 million people.
Late last night, Senate Majority Leader McConnell announced that he will not hold a vote on the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), the bill that repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Instead, McConnell now proposes to revive 2015 legislation that simply eliminates the ACA’s coverage provisions and funding mechanisms, without saying what would take their place.
See how the repeal bill currently making its way through Congress will affect seniors.
The postponed vote is proof of the power and impact of people around the country raising their voices and contacting their lawmakers about the harm this bill would cause.Your calls, letters, demonstrations, and story-telling are working!
This fight is not over. When Congress returns on July 10 from the July 4 recess, the Senate could quickly take up and pass a revised bill.
The Senate bill will allow states to easily eliminate the Essential Health Benefits (EHB) established by the Affordable Care Act.
This means getting rid of a core protection for people with pre-existing conditions. And it would have devastating consequences for millions of people.
Allowing states to waive the EHB requirements would leave millions without any affordable health care options, forcing them to pay out of pocket for needed care or go without care all together.
If the Senate passes a bill repealing the Affordable Care Act and cutting federal funding for Medicaid, the pain will not be limited only to people who rely on the ACA and Medicaid for health coverage. When millions lose health insurance, the burden of paying for the health care these now uninsured people need will end up hitting the rest of us – in the wallet.
On the way to repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Republicans have decided to tack on a major restructure of the entire Medicaid program, capping and cutting America's health insurance program for lower-income people.
Leslie and his family depend on Medicaid to care for their daughter, Gloria. Gloria's has a rare disorder that requires intensive, round-the-clock care.
The proposed cuts to Medicaid would put Gloria's family in an impossible situation. Both parents work multiple jobs, and rely on the support staff and nurses provided through Medicaid to keep Gloria at home.
Senate Republicans are on course to fast-track the bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to bring the Republican health care bill to a vote after the July 4 recess. Now is the time to put all hands on deck to stop this harmful bill!
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