House Republicans have proposed a new bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act(ACA) called the American Health Care Act (AHCA), but as many have predicted, it will cost millions of Americans their health insurance.
Many health policy experts said the bill, if enacted, would lead to millions of Americans losing their health coverage.
The AHCA would roll back funding for the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and shift the tax credits that help Americans pay for health insurance.
“Reading through the House GOP bill, it’s hard to imagine the coverage loss is any less than 15 [million] versus the ACA,” tweeted Loren Adler, associate director of the Schaeffer Initiative for Innovation in Health Policy at the Brookings Institution.
Reading through the House GOP bill, it's hard to imagine the coverage loss is any less than 15M versus the ACA.
— Loren Adler (@LorenAdler) March 7, 2017
Another person that came to the same conclusion was Larry Levitt, senior vice president at nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation, who said:
“With Medicaid reductions and smaller tax credits, there’s no way the House GOP bill covers as many people as the ACA.”
Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz appeared on CNN’s “New Day” where he said it would be “fair” to say that the plan will provide more access but less overall coverage.
The term “access” has been used by many Republicans to when talking about insurance but have no promised an increase coverage.
“Well, we’re getting rid of the individual mandate. We’re getting rid of those things that people said that they don’t want,” said Chaffetz on CNN. “So maybe instead of getting that new iPhone that they just love and they want to go spend hundreds of dollars in that, maybe they should invest in their own healthcare.”