If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act, it will also eliminate one of the law’s most popular and successful elements: the expansion of Medicaid to cover people with low and moderate incomes. This would be a terrible mistake.
Today, the Commonwealth Fund and George Washington University released a report detailing the economic and employment consequences if Republican congressional leadership gets what it is aiming for: repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without a replacement plan in sight.
Beside the threat posed by Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in February. A legal case, House v. Burwell, now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that gives people financial assistance to pay for health insurance.
Interview with Families USA's Story Bank Coordinator, Cate Bonacini: For over five years, Cate has been talking to consumers about their health care, helping to build and now manage Families USA’s story bank. That means spending hours on the phone talking to people about accessing and affording their health care and health coverage. In this Q&A, Cate talks about what she's been hearing since the 2016 election.
If Republicans in Congress and President-elect Trump are successful in repealing the Affordable Care Act early next year as they have pledged, what happens to Medicaid, which insures one in five Americans and one in three of the nation’s children?
The most obvious impact will be the end of the very successful Medicaid expansion. Repealing the health law means that millions of Americans will lose their health coverage, most of them hard working people in low-wage jobs—like waiters and waitresses, sales clerks, cooks, and home health aides.
Our annual Health Action conference is the premier event for health care advocates, enrollment workers, and policy wonks to come together to talk strategy. Our action-packed conference will be at the heart of the critical fight to defend the gains of the Affordable Care Act from being repealed. With the election of Donald Trump and a Republican Congress and Senate, this conference will be our most important yet as we prepare to defend millions of people from losing health coverage.
With the election of Donald Trump, we are on the verge of witnessing something rarely seen in American history – a march backward in time.
A Republican Congress that has already voted more than 60 times to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will happily join in Trump’s call to guarantee that its repeal is one of the first acts of his presidency.
The 2016 election results are prompting many questions about the future of the Affordable Care Act. While there is uncertainty about these changes in political leadership, a few things are clear now that advocates, assisters, and most importantly, consumers, need to know.