Friends, please don’t be lulled by the current appearance of disarray among Republicans over the repeal and so-called "replacement" of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), otherwise known as Obamacare. Huge pressures are being brought to bear to get it passed, and many of the folks who are currently expressing concern will get walloped by millions of dollars in advertising from the Koch Brothers among other hammers.
It’s up to us to bring a bigger hammer to save health care. Not only will around 25 million people lose health insurance altogether under the plan; it will cause prices to skyrocket and benefits to tank for insurance provided by employers and individual plans bought outside of the ACA market. It also makes Planned Parenthood ineligible for reimbursement for serving Medicaid clients, including in many parts of the country where its clinics are the only health-care provider. In other words, it makes everyone worse off.
Here are just a few of the many analyses showing just how bad this proposed repeal-and-“replace” plan could be:
- Trading Health Care for the Poor for Tax Cuts for the Rich
- Consumers Union Gives American Health Care Act a Failing Grade
- Congressional Budget Office Review of the American Health Care Act
- White House Analysis of Obamacare Repeal Sees Even Deeper Insurance Losses Than CBO