House Republican leaders yesterday released a set of talking points they are attempting to position as their substitute for the Affordable Care Act (ACA). But the document reveals that House Republicans still seek to repeal the ACA without putting forward a real replacement plan. They also intend to fast track a proposal to radically overhaul Medicaid, putting coverage for children, seniors, and people with disabilities at risk, in addition to ending the ACA’s Medicaid expansion for low-income adults.
The document makes clear that the starting point for any House Republican bill is the “repeal and delay” legislation that President Obama vetoed last year. By the end of a decade, that bill would result in 32 million people losing coverage and individual market premiums doubling, the Congressional Budget Office estimated. The provisions that yesterday’s outline suggests House Republicans will add fall far short of repairing that damage; in the case of Medicaid, they would cause additional harm. And taken together, their approach would result in a significant transfer of resources from low- and middle-income families to those at the top.
– Center on Budget and Policy Priorities