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Congressman Mike Thompson

Representing the 5th District of CALIFORNIA

Experts Speak on the Republican Healthcare Repeal

Healthcare experts and advocates have spoken out against the Republican plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Here are some of their criticisms:

  • "None of the legislative tweaks under consideration changes the serious harm to patients and the health care delivery system if AHCA passes. Proposed changes to the bill tinker at the edges without remedying the fundamental failing of the bill – that millions of Americans will lose their health insurance as a direct result of this proposal." (American Medical Association)
  • "Cancer patients and survivors need insurance coverage that is affordable, readily accessible, and protects them from pre-existing condition exclusions, annual and lifetime caps on coverage and extraordinary out-of-pocket costs. Past experience has shown that high-risk pools failed to meet these basic needs, yet still were a drain on state budgets. (American Cancer Society)
  • "Changes under consideration that would allow states to waive important consumer protections -- allowing insurance companies to once again charge Americans with pre-existing conditions more because they’ve had cancer, diabetes or heart disease -- would make a bad bill even worse. This would be devastating for the 25 million Americans 50-64 who have a deniable pre-existing condition. (AARP)
  • "We opposed the AHCA when it was first scheduled for consideration in the House of Representatives in March and, unfortunately, the MacArthur/Meadows amendment only makes the bill more objectionable because it would further increase premiums and decrease coverage for millions of Americans." (National Committee to Preserve Social Security & Medicare)
  • "Millions of people, particularly older Americans, would not be able to afford health insurance or to get care when they need it. In addition, the recent amendments could return us to a time when people who were born with a birth defect or who became sick could not purchase or afford insurance, and when benefits were not there when people needed them the most. In the Medicaid program, the reduction in Federal support from 90% to 50% for the expanded population in California would put a burden on the state budget that would be impossible for our state, resulting in millions more people without access to care." (Blue Shield of California)
  • "The modified AHCA bill also has a significant negative impact on those with pre-existing conditions. It’s estimated that 40 percent of 50- to 64-year-olds would be denied coverage in the individual market without the Affordable Care Act’s protections for those with preexisting conditions. The waiver option would mean that a large number of farmers in many states would be forced into high-risk pools. This legislation is woefully short in funding for those high-risk pools, leaving individuals with preexisting
    conditions to contend with increased premiums, higher deductibles and longer waiting periods for coverage." (National Farmers Union)
  • "CMA and CDA strongly support the pre-existing condition protections in the ACA, and the AHCA would erode these important protections by pushing sick Californians into underfunded high-risk pools. It’s irresponsible policy because it shifts an even greater financial burden to states, local governments and health care providers for uncompensated care." (California Medical Association and California Dental Association)
  • "The AHCA threatens health care access for millions of people. According to the most recent analysis by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO), completed before additional changes to the legislation resulted in its impact being even more severe, the AHCA would cause 24 million people to lose insurance coverage by 2026, and force more than $800 billion in Medicaid cuts over the next decade." (American Civil Liberties Union
  • "The AHCA jeopardizes the healthcare of millions in order to provide tax breaks for corporations, millionaires and billionaires, while at the same time maintaining a tax on the healthcare plans of working families." (American Federation of Teachers)
  • "The bill pulls approximately $77 billion from the Medicare Hospital Insurance Trust Fund to provide a tax cut to the wealthy, shortening the lifespan of the fund. An additional $28 billion is extracted from Medicare’s trust fund for outpatient medical services, to provide a tax break for pharmaceutical companies." (AFL-CIO)
  • "Health insurance coverage is critical to preventing disease, ensuring health and well-being and driving down the use of costlier providers of care. Unfortunately, this proposal will result in a greater number of people losing coverage than the number of people who have gained coverage under the Affordable Care Act, putting many at risk of premature death due to the lack of access to critical health services." (American Public Health Association)
  • "The AHCA will hurt vulnerable populations in rural Americans, leaving millions of the sickest, most underserved populations in our nation without coverage, and further escalating the rural hospital closure crisis." (National Rural Health Association)
  • "New provisions in the legislation manage to make a bad bill worse. Not only does the bill cause millions to lose insurance coverage, face higher costs, and end Medicaid as we know it, but now it also strips essential protections for those with pre-existing conditions. The AHCA will leave millions of men, women, and children without access to high quality, affordable health care." (SEIU)
  • "We are concerned that the latest changes to the legislation are not sufficient to ensure insurance coverage for patients with expensive chronic conditions. Reliance on “high risk pools” will not adequately meet the health insurance needs of many Americans with pre-existing conditions." (American Thoracic Society)