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Yarmuth: GOP Health Care Bills are Not a Plan to Replace the Affordable Care Act

Mar 7, 2017
Proposals will lead to “higher costs, lower-quality care, and lost coverage for millions of Americans”

Washington, D.C.Kentucky Congressman John Yarmuth, Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee, issued the following statement on the health care bills House Republicans released last night to replace the Affordable Care Act. Per reconciliation procedures, if Republicans pass the bills out of the Energy & Commerce and Ways & Means committees, the bills would return to the Budget committee to be combined.
 
“After seven years of campaign promises, Congressional Republicans still do not have a plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. Instead, they’ve released two bills that will lead to higher costs, lower-quality care, and lost coverage for millions of Americans,” Yarmuth said. “These proposals will kick millions of Americans off Medicaid and could eventually send deductibles soaring to as high as $30,000 per family, all to pay for massive tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires.” 
 
“That is why House Republicans are trying to rush the bills to the floor with as little debate as possible and with no analysis from the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office.   
 
“It is irresponsible to vote to approve legislation without an understanding of how many people will lose their health insurance coverage or how much it will cost working families. The health care of American people is on the line with these bills. They deserve and have a right to know how they will be impacted.”
 
Since reports on the details of the Republican health care proposals started to surface, House Budget Committee Democrats have highlighted how these initiatives are #NotAPlan to replace the Affordable Care Act:

  • Age-based tax credits are not a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. They will only make health care more expensive for families who need the most help, and could drive deductibles as high as $15,000 for an individual and $30,000 for a family.
  • Putting per-capita caps on Medicaid is not a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. Instead, it’s a Republican proposal that would remove health benefits and ration care for kids, seniors and people with disabilities. 
  • High Risk Pools are not a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act or a reliable way to ensure people with pre-existing conditions can access health coverage. Instead, they increase premiums, cut benefits and leave people with health problems to drown in sky-high costs and uncertainty.
  • Health savings accounts are not a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act. They are a GOP giveaway to the wealthy that fail to cover the cost of care for most families.