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Latest GOP Health Care Repeal Ploy Would Cause Massive Coverage Losses, Raise Premiums, Gut Medicaid and Protections

Sep 13, 2017

Under Bill, Ohio Stands to Lose More Than $2.6 Billion in Federal Funding by 2026

Despite voters’ overwhelming opposition to the Republicans’ health care repeal efforts, Republicans in the U.S. Senate today introduced yet another partisan bill to undo the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The bill — known as the Graham-Cassidy bill after two of its Republican co-sponsors — would gut health coverage, slash Medicaid, raise out-of-pocket costs, and undermine protections for people with preexisting conditions.

According to the Center for Budget and Policy Priorities, the latest Republican health care repeal bill is just as devastating and dangerous as previous ACA repeal efforts — if not more so. In fact, the latest proposal would force millions of Americans to lose their health coverage, increase out-of-pocket costs for people in the individual market, inflict deep and damaging cuts to Medicaid, and gut protections for people with pre-existing conditions.

Under the bill, Ohio stands to lose more than $2.6 billion in federal funding by 2026.

“This bill flies directly in the face of many Republicans’ promise to work on a bipartisan solution to improve our nation’s health care system, and with devastating consequences,” said For Ohio’s Future Action Fund’s State Director Antonia Webb. “Ohioans have made clear that they reject partisan efforts to undermine Americans’ access to quality, affordable health coverage. This bill would cause severe disruptions to our health care system, which would be felt by Ohioans throughout the state.”

One recent analysis found that the Republican plan to repeal the ACA is the most unpopular legislation in 30 years. Rather than attempt to force through another flawed and highly partisan bill, Senate Republicans should learn from their failure to pass a health care repeal bill in July and instead work with Democrats on a bipartisan solution to improve our nation’s health care system.

According to reports, Republican Senator Bill Cassidy — one of the bill’s cosponsors — is aiming to pass his bill by September 30. The bill has not yet been scored by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.