The House GOP Health Care Bill’s Flaws Remain

Who Wins and Who Loses in the Latest GOP Health Care Bill

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) has shared an overview of how harmful the GOP health care bill which repeals and replaces the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

According to CBPP, the latest version of the GOP health care bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions, while making no changes to address the flaws in the underlying bill.

Of critical concern to those working to end homelessness, the Affordable Health Care Act (AHCA) cuts $839 Billion from Medicaid.

The updated House Republican plan takes an already damaging plan and makes it even more harmful for the tens of millions of children, seniors, people with disabilities, and other adults who rely on Medicaid.

The harm that the AHCA will cause impacts every state including New Jersey. The House Republican health care bill would cause 24 million people to lose coverage by 2026, the Congressional Budget Office estimates.

That means 1 in 10 non-elderly Americans who’d have health insurance under the ACA would lose it under the House bill. These reports detail how the bill would affect people in every state.

CBPP also reports that eliminating federal protections for people with health conditions would mean a return to a dysfunctional pre-ACA individual market.

Vox and The New York Times reported on the winners and losers in the House’s passage of the AHCA.

According to the Times, the winners are:

  • High-income earners
  • Upper-middle-class people without pre-existing health conditions
  • Young, middle-class people without pre-existing health conditions
  • People who wish to go without insurance:
  • Large Employers
  • Medical device companies, indoor tanning companies and a few other medical industries

And the losers are:

  • Poor People
  • Older Americans, in most states
  • People with pre-existing health conditions, particularly in some states
  • State government
  • Hospitals
  • Planned Parenthood

“Many states would be expected to roll back their expansions of the Medicaid program to cover childless adults without disabilities. The bill would also substantially reduce subsidies available for Americans just over the poverty line, the group that benefited most from Obamacare’s subsidies. Poor Americans are much more likely to become uninsured under the bill, according to the Congressional Budget Office, and those who retained coverage would pay much more of their limited incomes on premiums and deductibles.”

Vox’s news coverage also who the political winners and losers were and made that case that the passage of the AHCA is both a win and a loss for President Donald Trump.

“But eventually, if he signs this bill into law, the way AHCA actually works will become clear to the Americans who lose insurance and the Americans with preexisting conditions who suddenly have to pay more for coverage. That will be a rude awakening for the voters who have, for years now, been promised the exact opposite.”

CBPP Report on Flaws in AHCA

Overview of Problems Pre-ACA

Overview of AHCA

Vox Article on Winners and Losers

NY Times Coverage

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