If Congress repeals the Affordable Care Act and cuts Medicaid, millions of people will lose their health coverage. Celeste from National City, Michigan, and her husband are two of them. She shared her health care story with us.
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.
The plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act passed by the House of Representatives would roll back the clock on years of progress toward health care for all and devastate the American health care system.
As Republicans in Congress continue their quest to repeal the Affordable Care Act and cut Medicaid for millions, one of our most important roles as health care advocates and activists is to stay motivated and engaged in the fight to save health care. While we all have different ways of doing this, music is a common thread that motivates and connects us together into the larger movement. Every movement has its songs, and we want to hear yours!
When the House of Representatives passed its highly irresponsible and unpopular American Health Care Act, senators were quick to distance themselves from it. In the face of reports the bill would deny coverage to 23 million people, they said the Senate would write its own bill.
But now, the Senate Republicans’ chief vote counter, Sen. John Cornyn of Texas, has told reporters that “80 percent of what the House did we’re likely to do.”
As the Senate develops its version of the House’s American Health Care Act (AHCA) it should bear this in mind: There is no “glide path” to ending the Medicaid expansion. Ending federal funding for the Medicaid expansion, even with a supposed “phase out,” means millions across the 31 expansion states will start losing coverage. Fast.
Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act—including the American Health Care Act passed by the House—go well beyond repealing the health care law to a wholesale gutting of Medicaid funding, using what is called a “per capita cap” model. All indications are that the Senate Republicans are seriously considering this model, which will lead to enormous cuts to the Medicaid program.
Maryland just became the first state to enact a law that protects consumers from price gouging by prescription drug manufacturers. It allows the state’s attorney general to sue generic drug manufacturers who engage in price gouging and return that money to consumers and others that pay for these drugs or make the drug available at its previous price. This legislation sets an example for states looking to protect their citizens from high drug prices and puts public pressure on federal lawmakers to take action.
Even as healthcare has become a politically charged issue this year, we’ve seen oral health advocates work diligently and some states make progress to improve oral health benefits in their Medicaid programs. This week, with overwhelming bipartisan support, Maryland became the latest state to authorize a dental benefit for adults in its Medicaid program.
On top of Republican plans to repeal the federal health reform law, there’s another threat to the Affordable Care Act looming in the courts.
A legal case, House v. Price (formerly House v. Burwell), now before the Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, challenges part of the ACA that lowers deductibles and other out-of-pocket health care costs for people with modest incomes.