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Senate GOP’s ‘Skinny’ Repeal Plan Would Raise Ohioans’ Premiums, Cause Massive Coverage Losses

Jul 27, 2017

Columbus, Ohio — Amid predictions that Senate leadership will introduce a “skinny” health care repeal bill as a last-ditch effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act, new reports show how devastating the Senate Republicans’ latest plan would be to Ohioans.

A new report by the Center for American Progress (CAP) predicts that the “skinny” repeal bill will raise premiums for Ohioans by an average of $1,084 in 2018, with a 60-year-old Ohioan facing a benchmark premium increase of $1,538. Meanwhile, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that the plan would leave 16 million more Americans uninsured.

Senator Rob Portman said that he is open to supporting a “skinny” repeal plan, even as experts warn that “skinny” repeal would “jeopardize consumer choice in the individual market by creating chaos and uncertainty for issuers in the marketplace and increasing premiums.”

Ohio Governor John Kasich has also voiced his opposition to the “skinny” repeal plan, joining a bipartisan group of governors in a letter calling on the Senate to reject “skinny” repeal. In the letter, the governors write that the plan will “accelerate health plans leaving the individual market, increase premiums, and result in fewer Americans having access to coverage.”

On Wednesday, Senator Portman voted against a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan for replacement, stating that it would “leave tens of thousands of Ohioans stranded without health insurance and everyone with higher costs.”

“No matter how Senate Republicans try to dress it up, their so-called ‘skinny’ repeal plan will have devastating effects: millions more Americans will be uninsured and premiums will rise dramatically,” said For Ohio’s Future spokesman Daniel van Hoogstraten. “This proposal flies directly in the face of Senator Portman’s promise to lower costs and improve coverage for Ohioans.”