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.
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.
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.
Originally published as a guest post at Health Affairs Blog.
Despite their rhetoric, Republicans have not shown the American people any proposal that fully protects the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions from once again being discriminated against by insurers.
What they call “continuous coverage” protection is not a real substitute for the life-long protection against discrimination that people have now. Instead continuous coverage provisions expose anyone who faces short-term hardships to the risk of being discriminated against and being denied coverage by insurers.
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.
Maryann, a cancer survivor from California, explains the difference that access to affordable health insurance through the Affordable Care Act has made in her life:
"Cancer is horrible. If you’ve never had to go through it, you can’t imagine what it does to you — physically, mentally, emotionally. The stress and scariness are unimaginable.
But one thing I did not have to stress about: Health insurance. In 2014, I purchased a plan through Covered California. My plan has carried me through my treatments."
Our voices are making a difference. At town hall meetings around the country, constituents are speaking out about lawmakers’ plans to tear down the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
Keep up the good work! Here are some ways to speak out against repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
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.