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HEALTH CARE REPEAL WOULD DEVASTATE OHIO

Jul 18, 2017

HEALTHCARE REPEAL WOULD DEVASTATE OHIO

New GOP Plan Would Cause 964,000 Ohioans to Lose Coverage

COLUMBUS, OH – After yet another failed attempt to pass a disastrous GOP health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is now doubling down by introducing an even-worse plan in a last ditch effort to repeal and destroy our health care, all while giving tax breaks to corporations and the wealthiest Americans.

McConnell’s full repeal plan comes at a hefty price for Ohio: 964,000 Ohioans would lose health coverage, a 155 percent increase in the number of uninsured in the state.

Aside from massive coverage losses, full repeal would devastate Ohioans in other ways:

  • Ohioans would lose $5.842 billion in federal financial assistance through the insurance marketplaces from 2019-2028, leading to a dramatic spike in the number of uninsured.
  • 174,448 Ohioans would lose an average monthly advanced premium tax credit of $250, which currently helps them pay for insurance.
  • Ohio would lose $42.18 billion in federal Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) funding, currently providing lifelines to 2.8 million Ohioans.
  • 126,000 Ohio jobs would be lost, including 49,700 jobs in the healthcare sector.

Ohio Senator Rob Portman has previously expressed concern about any bill that would hurt people who received coverage through Medicaid expansion, but now is the time to see whether he will keep his word to his constituents or sell them out for a political win.

“Full repeal will have dire consequences across the country: premiums will double, Medicaid expansion will end, and the wealthiest will get an immediate, huge tax break,” said For Our Future Action Fund’s Ohio State Director Antonia Webb. “This bill not only will take us back to the days before health reform when millions struggled to get access to quality, affordable health care — it will leave us even worse off. Instead of voting to proceed on this repeal bill, Senator Portman should start working with Democrats to keep what works and fix what doesn’t in the current law.”

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