The demise of the GOP’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act was truly an extraordinary event! For the first time in many years, Republicans controlled all the decision-making levers of the legislative process: the White House, the Senate, and the House of Representatives. They had crusaded for seven years to repeal and replace the ACA and, for an even longer period, were chomping at the bit to reorganize (aka cut funding from) the safety-net Medicaid program. These were unmistakable top priorities for the Republican leadership. Yet they failed
The bill is dead. This battle is over! It’s time to take a deep breath, re-energize, and stay vigilant.
We need to make sure Representatives understand that any future changes to the ACA must keep coverage equally affordable, available to as many people, and protect the Medicaid safety net.
States will be forced to dramatically cut the services Medicaid covers and cut the number of people who qualify for them if Congress makes changes in state Medicaid funding. And the services that states will likely drop first are those on which seniors, people with disabilities, and others with serious health needs rely.
The House Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) goes way beyond repealing the ACA and includes provisions that would radically restructure all of Medicaid, capping and cutting program funding, in addition to repealing the ACA’s Medicaid expansion. Lawmakers should heed the recent statements by two top industry research and credit ratings agencies—Fitch and Moody’s—warning that changes to Medicaid’s funding structure could destabilize state budgets.
This week every member of the House of Representatives will reveal where he or she stands on protecting the health coverage of 20+ million people across the country.
Last minute changes make the GOP repeal bill worse for low-income consumers, and better for the wealthiest. While millions will lose coverage, Republicans want to speed up tax cuts for the wealthy.
The Republican bill in the House of Representatives to repeal the Affordable Care Act, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), will make it vastly more expensive for anyone who needs health care, particularly those with pre-existing conditions.
People with pre-existing conditions, low-income consumers, and others would not fare well under the continuous coverage provisions contained in both Speaker Paul Ryan’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act and other Republican health care proposals.
A key way the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped the United States reach a dramatic drop in the uninsured rate was by expanding the Medicaid program to low and moderate income adults. Despite this success, the House Republican plan to repeal the ACA would freeze the Medicaid expansion starting in 2020. As Arizona’s experience shows, freezing the Medicaid expansion is ending the Medicaid expansion and it’s a move that gambles with the lives of millions of Americans.
Today, we saw the final enrollment numbers for the fourth open enrollment period. They build on earlier reports showing a high demand for coverage through the Affordable Care Act marketplaces (exchanges).
Here’s our quick take on the numbers.
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) report confirmed on Monday what we already knew: the American Health Care Act (AHCA) will be a disaster for consumers and the American health care system.