Now, the Trump administration has promised to dismantle this system and has not proposed a plan to replace it.
If the ACA is repealed:
23.1 million people could lose their health insurance1.4 million on parents’ plans, 12.3 million on Medicaid, and 9 million on subsidized policies would immediately lose coverage52 Million could become uninsurable if the preexisting conditions clause is repealed2.6 million jobs could be lost Repealing Obamacare would put countless American lives at risk. Moreover, it would result in $2.8 billion in tax cuts for the ultra-wealthy and a $2.9 billion loss of tax credits for low and moderate income people in 20 states.
Currently, Republicans in Congress have plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act with a bill called Senate Concurrent Resolution 3, or S. Con. Res. 3. This bill would:
Allow the Budget Committee to set the total level of spending on specific areasDirect the Finance Committee and the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions committee (also known as HELP) to suggest ways to reduce the deficit over the next 10 years. This deficit language is basically code for the Affordable Care Act, even though repealing the ACA would increase the deficit.S. Con. Res. 3 was passed through a process called reconciliation, which means that all Republicans can do is gut the funding for ACA subsidies while leaving many of the provisions of the ACA (like pre-existing condition coverage) in place. This means that only people who need healthcare right now will buy insurance, which even the insurance companies don't want to happen. Without subsidies or a tax penalty there is no incentive for healthy people to buy insurance, which will hurt the insurance companies, and possibly raise premiums.
The Senate has already passed S. Con. Res 3, but the fight is far from over. Before the ACA is repealed or the funds are gutted, bills have to go through committees. It’s possible that senators will use the traditional budget process to sneak in cuts to the Affordable Care Act. But we are not going to let that happen. Call your senator today, and tell them how important the ACA is to you and your community. Let them know that we will not stand for cuts.
Republicans made cutting and capping the Medicaid expansion a central piece of their new health care plan. For the 32 states and the District of Columbia that have already adopted the Medicaid expansion, this will leave millions of people without access to care.
Last week, Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-WI) and House Republican leaders outlined their plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Americans need a health care system that can provide affordable access to quality care, but instead, the Better Way proposal [PDF] would defund state budgets and put millions of Americans at risk of losing health care coverage.
Obamacare is under attack in Congress and we can’t let it go without a fight. Obamacare provides insurance and healthcare to over 20 million Americans, and a repeal could result in a loss of over 2 million jobs. On January 11th – before President Trump was even in office — the Senate began the process to repeal it by passing a Concurrent Resolution.