The newly-released plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be a disaster for working people, women and elderly Americans.
The “repeal and replace” bill would slash or eliminate health benefits for tens of millions of people while granting tax breaks to the wealthiest Americans.
House Republicans are pushing the bills through committee without receiving coverage loss or cost estimates from the Congressional Budget Office. More than 15 million Americans could lose coverage, according to a health expert at the Brookings Institution.
Instead of a mandate to purchase health insurance, people who let their insurance coverage lapse would be subject to a 30 percent surcharge. The requirement for larger employers to offer coverage to full-time employees would be eliminated.
The bill attacks Medicare solvency by slashing the payroll tax for high earners. People in their 50s and 60s could see premiums rise by $2,000 to $3,000 per year, according to the AARP.
Medicaid funding would be slashed by $560 billion over 10 years.
To seniors and low-income Americans, “the GOP’s message is ‘sorry, you’re out of luck,’” said Alliance for Retired Americans Executive Director Rich Fiesta.
Two House committees plan to vote on the bill this week.
Tell your Representative to oppose this attack on our health care. Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.
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