23 Million Americans Could be Left Without Health Insurance Under AHCA
While we await the Senate version of the American Health Care Act (AHCA), more details unfold about the ACHA version of the bill that passed last month by the House.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) reported on May 24, 2017 that the AHCA would leave 23 million Americans without health insurance within ten years.
This is due to a second round of negotiations in the House which ultimately allowed the bill to pass. This bill was passed with very narrow margins and was voted on before the CBO could release the effects of the bill on the economy.
As reported by Slate on May 24, the MacArthur Amendment, named for New Jersey’s own Representative Tom Mac Arthur (R-3), was one of the things that made the passage of this bill possible. This amendment provides common ground between the moderate wing of the Republican party and the more conservative members.
Slate reported that this amendment allows states to opt out of some of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) regulations that would remain in place if the ACHA were to become the law of the land.
This amendment would affect many Americans. CBO reports that almost half of the people in the U.S. live in states where it would be up to policy makers to decide if they wanted to keep the ACA regulations.
The amendment sets prices low enough to encourage younger healthier people to buy insurance while charging older people higher prices.
This amendment is coupled with large cuts of Medicaid. In a May 25 report, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities reported that “The CBO report shows that in all states, millions of people would pay more under the AHCA due to its less generous tax credits and elimination of cost-sharing subsidies.” Across the board, the Republican health care bill has been written about as a disaster for many Americans from all walks of life.
According to another article from CBPP, focusing on the continuing warnings from the CBO report. those who would be hurt the most include:
- Elderly people,
- Poor people, and
- People with preexisting conditions.
The goal for the Republicans who drafted this bill was not to increase coverage and quality of life for more Americans. The goal was about the bottom line.
A May 24, 2017 article from Mic reports that “the legislation will reduce the federal deficits by $119 billion over 10 years”. That statistic comes from the CBO score.
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