Many analysts have described the American Health Care Act (AHCA) as essentially an 800 billion dollar tax cut which as a consequence eliminates health care coverage for more than 20 million.
Some of the reasons why almost all major medical groups oppose the repeal/replace effort of the Affordable Care Act are summarized from NBC News. In brief, they are the poor, the elderly, children, women, and those with preexisting conditions –all disadvantaged if the AHCA passes.
An excerpt -regarding children:
Medicaid covers 75 million people, including nearly 36 million children, according to data released Friday by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services..
“Senate leaders present their bill as providing states with flexibility. The reality is that it will put considerable pressure on states to limit their spending on health care, including for children,” said Dr. Matthew Davis, a professor of pediatrics and of medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine.
“The bill includes misleading ‘protections’ for children by proposing to exempt them from certain Medicaid cuts,” added Dr. Fernando Stein, president of the American Academy of Pediatrics.
“A ‘carve-out’ for children with ‘medically complex’ health issues does little to protect their coverage when the base program providing the coverage is stripped of its funding. Doing so forces states to chip away coverage in other ways, by not covering children living in poverty who do not have complex health conditions, or by scaling back the benefits that children and their families depend on,” Stein added.
Related blog posts:
- AHCA & CBO Score
- What’s at Stake with “Repeal and Replace”