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If the ACA is repealed: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 Before the ACA is repealed or the funds are gutted, bills have to go through committees.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.
The AHCA hasn't had a single hearing--but it doesn't have to be that way
When the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was being passed in 2009, the Senate Health Committee had 60 hours of hearings. The Senate Finance Committee worked on the legislation for 8 days, the longest mark-up period for a bill in 2 decades. 130 amendments were offered. The full Senate debated the bill for 25 straight days.
Numbers don't lie--the AHCA is bad news for Americans
This week, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released their report on President Trump’s American Health Care Act. We knew the AHCA was appalling, but now we have the numbers to prove it. And while the Senate will likely write their own version of the bill, the framework of the AHCA is bad news for all Americans.
The AHCA removes insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions
One of the most insidious things about the new Trumpcare is that it removes insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions. Thanks to an amendment by Representative Tom McArthur (R-NJ), if you:
haven’t had health insurance for 60+ days,
you live in a state that participates in this waiver, and
you have a pre-existing condition,
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.
Without enough votes to pass the Better Care Reconciliation Act, Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is calling for a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act. We have been through this before. Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare, would be deadly for millions of Americans, who would lose access to health care if this bill went through.
Republicans have until September 30th to pass legislation without the risk of a filibuster. The reconciliation process allows Senators to pass legislation related to the budget with only 51 votes, instead of the filibuster-proof majority of 60 votes. This is the system the Republicans are desperate to use to repeal Obamacare, and it won’t last forever.
Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Cassidy (R-LA) took advantage of this window by introducing the Graham-Cassidy amendment, which would repeal key sections of Obamacare and make health care coverage more expensive.