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Congress Voting Soon to Repeal Affordable Care Act
Congress is moving fast to strip health coverage from low-income and vulnerable people, making health care far less affordable than even before the ACA. They're working to pass the bill into law before Friday, April 7, and every member of Congress is deciding how they'll vote right now.
Act now to protect health coverage for the millions of people who will lose access under this plan.
The American Health Care Act repeals the Affordable Care Act and replaces it with a system that fails to help the people who need the most support affording health coverage. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million more people will go without health insurance under the plan. It makes these changes:
- Eliminates the Medicaid expansion, putting 11 million people’s health care in jeopardy.
- Dramatically cuts Medicaid by capping federal funding, cutting the program over time, and shifting billions of dollars in health costs onto the states.
- Ends the individual mandate, causing an estimated 20-25 percent rise in premiums in the next year.
- Eliminates subsidies that help low-income families get insurance, and instead implements small tax benefits ($2000-$4000 per year – far lower than many subsidies) based on age instead of need.
- Gives a tax break for Health Savings Accounts for those who can afford to save extra, but fails to make premiums affordable in the first place.
The Affordable Care Act made health care affordable for the first time for tens of millions of people. The American Health Care Act threatens to throw away much of that progress. But this isn’t just an abstract policy – it’s literally life or death for many of the people who won’t be able to afford health care. And it could be passed into law in less than a month.
I can’t overstate how important your action right now is for preserving affordable health care. If this bill goes through, we won’t get back the benefits we’ve lost for years or longer. And by that time, for many people it will be too late.