These are the key facts regarding American Health Care Act:
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Republican’s original “repeal and replace” bill would lead to 24 million people losing their health insurance. That bill was issued in March. Since then, provisions have been added that further and more drastically undermine insurance protections for those receiving their health insurance via the ACA.
• Allows insurance companies to reject coverage or raise rates for people with pre-existing conditions.
• Encourages states to set up separate insurance systems for people with pre-existing conditions, but provides a paltry level of funding to cover those people.
• Allows insurance companies to cut out “essential benefits” guaranteed by the ACA.
• Substantially reduces federal subsidies for people with low incomes.
• Reduces funding for Medicaid (Medi-Cal in California).
Most health and human rights organizations oppose this bill — from the American Medical Association to the ACLU. The Republicans have held no congressional hearings to get input from experts on this massive bill. The Congressional Budget Office has not been able to analyze the bill to be voted on although it’s been modified extensively — because Republicans want to rush it to an immediate vote.
The bottom line is that the AHCA would profoundly undercut health care for people with low and middle incomes as well as people with pre-existing conditions. This would be a dangerous development for millions of people in the U.S.