House Republicans finally released healthcare plan . . . and it's not good

March 7th, 2017


House Republicans finally released healthcare plan . . . and it's not good

Affordable Care Act

 

Background

House Republicans finally released healthcare plan with President Trump’s full support. The House Ways & Means and Energy and Commerce Committees are expected to start considering the legislation Wednesday, with the goal of a full House vote the week of March 20th

 

Message

 

No wonder Republicans have been trying to hide this plan.

There’s a lot we still don’t know about Trumpcare, but what we know is very bad

  • It would throw millions of Americans off their healthcare,
  • It would make healthcare more expensive for millions more.

So we’d end up with fewer people covered, and those who are would pay more and get less coverage.

 

Trumpcare cuts healthcare coverage in many ways [h/t Protect Our Care]. It: 

  • Ends Medicaid expansion: Makes it impossible for states to continue Medicaid expansion past 2020, meaning millions fewer would have coverage.
  • Cuts regular Medicaid: Trumpcare creates per-capita caps to Medicaid funding that will result increased costs for millions of additional seniors, low-income families, people with disabilities, and children
  • Defunds Planned Parenthood: Puts essential care at risk for millions of patients who depend on Planned Parenthood for their care.
  • Reduces tax credits: Makes coverage unaffordable for millions of moderate-income families by reducing the size of tax subsidies. The Kaiser Family Foundation found that many would pay thousands more a year.
  • Raises premiums and out-of-pocket costs – especially for older people: Premiums and out-of-pocket costs will rise, especially for older people, because the bill lifts caps on how much insurance companies can charge.
  • Huge penalties for short lapses in coverage: Anyone who doesn’t have insurance for two months will be hit with a 30% premium hike – for a full year – if they try to obtain coverage. This provision would not only incentivize healthy people to stay out of the health insurance market, it would make it unaffordable for Americans who need coverage to obtain it again. It would leave more Americans without access to care and make the whole system more expensive for everyone.

 

And to add insult to injury, even as Trumpcare cuts Medicaid and subsidies for working families…

  • It has a big new tax giveaway for wealthy peopleHealth savings accounts are just another tax break for the wealthiest. For people living paycheck-to-paycheck, this doesn’t make health care more affordable or accessible.
  • And another, even bigger tax giveaway for insurance company CEOs. Insurance companies will once again be able to count huge executive salaries as deductible business expenses.

 

There are still lots of unanswered questions about Trumpcare. Republicans have kept it hidden in a basement so the Congressional Budget Office and other experts couldn’t evaluate it. We don’t know:

  • How much it will cost
  • How many people will lose their healthcare
  • How many people will go bankrupt from medical bills
  • How people with healthcare through their employers will be affected
  • How much premiums and out-of-pocket expenses will go up
  • How much more seniors will pay if the current caps are lifted
  • And ultimately, the question is not whether Americans will die, it's how many

 

Now millions more Americans have health insurance and get the care they need. Trumpcare would put millions of Americans at risk of losing the care they need to prevent and overcome serious illness – increasing the number of preventable deaths in America.

 

The American people do not want Trumpcare.  

  • This is no joke. It’s not just politics. When people can’t get healthcare, they die. If this passes, a lot of Americans aren’t going to be able to get healthcare anymore, and some people are going to die. Those are the stakes. And Americans know it.
  • The Affordable Care Act is more popular than ever, with support continuing to grow as people now understand what the law and its repeal actually means.
  • Nearly eight out of ten American people oppose repealing the health law without an adequate replacement.

 

Even many Republicans are not sure they want Trumpcare either.

  • Factions within the House and Senate Republican caucuses are still divided on key issues like taxes.
  • Several Republican Senators – Rob Portman (Ohio), Shelley Moore Capito (West Virginia), Cory Gardner (Colorado), and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) – have said they cannot vote for a plan that would take away people’s Medicaid, which Trumpcare does.
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