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Friday, April 21, 2017

GOP Proposal on Pre-Existing Conditions Make a Bad Bill Worse

Lydia Mitts

Former Associate Director of Affordability Initiatives

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: 

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 

Learn more about the problems with the House bill to repeal the ACA. 

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.