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.
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.
This week, Republican leaders in Congress determined to repeal the Affordable Care Act advanced in their attack. With votes in the Senate and the House, they took the first steps in the long process toward repeal.
This is the biggest threat to the health care law that we’ve ever experienced. And the stakes could not be higher. All the gains we’ve made in expanding health coverage to a greater share of people and strengthening the health care system in America are at risk.
At the same time, there’s cause for hope.
Planned Parenthood provides essential health care services to 2.7 million women, men, and young people across the country, the large majority of whom have low incomes or live in underserved communities. Recent efforts at the federal and state levels to defund this critical provider would jeopardize access to comprehensive health care for millions of Americans.
Originally published as a guest post at Vox.com
As the clock ticks nearer to the day when President Trump and the Republican Congress move to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a struggle looms with a simple, elemental force that cares not for slogans, spin or bluster — and that is the troubling arithmetic encompassed in the Republicans’ expected repeal bill.
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, millions more people have coverage for mental health and substance use disorder services.
Originally published as a guest post at Health Affairs Blog.
Last night, news broke that the Trump administration has stopped advertising and outreach for the final few days of the fourth open enrollment period. Even though the ads have stopped, the open enrollment period has not stopped. It is critical that consumers hear loud and clear that they can still enroll in coverage through January 31, 2017 and that they can get free local in-person assistance.
We lay out the eight ways to evaluate the quality of any replacement plan put forth by Republicans in Congress.