What are the 5 Worst Things About the ACA Repeal Bill?

Recently the House Energy and Commerce Committee and Ways and Means Committee passed legislation to cut Medicaid and repeal major portions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). This bill is moving fast, and we expect the House to vote on it this week. Simply stated, this legislation is devastating. Here’s why:

For over 50 years Medicaid has been a Federal/State partnership where the costs were shared between the states and the federal government. Under this cut and cap proposal, the federal government is turning its back on the states and leaving huge funding gaps for the states to fill.
  1. People with disabilities get slammed by Medicaid cuts
    $880 billion would get cut from the Medicaid program over the next decade. This cut comes from 1) changing the financing structure of the program to a per capita cap model, and 2) phasing out the “Medicaid expansion,” which incentivizes states to cover people up to 138% of the federal poverty level (income of $16, 642 per year) for an individual.

    The result is a cost shift to states that would likely force states to choose among options such as:

    1. Cut eligibility. People with disabilities, low income adults, children, pregnant women, and seniors could be cut from the rolls.
    2. Cut services. Current “optional” services such as in home services, assistive technology, transportation, supported employment, and much more could be up for grabs.
    3. Cut quality. If federal Medicaid regulations are lost, it could be cheaper for states to warehouse people with disabilities in institutions rather than provide quality home and community based services.
  1. Millions of Americans will lose health care
    According to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office, there will be 24 million more Americans without health insurance by 2026. This includes 14 million fewer people enrolled in Medicaid. This reality contradicts the many assertions from the President and many Members of Congress that no one would lose health care.
  1. Middle class families pay more
    For moderate-income families, the ACHA’s reduction in tax credits could make coverage out of reach. For families with income below 250% of poverty, estimates show that by 2020, when many provisions of the bill kick in, costs would increase by over $9,000.
  1. The tax breaks favor the rich, corporations, and health care providers
    The ACHA repeals many of the tax provisions that are used to help finance the ACA.   Millions of low and moderate income people would lose their health insurance to pay for $600 billion in tax cuts for the rich and the insurance, drug, and medical device industries. This includes $285 billion in taxes for the top 2% of earners and the elimination of the cap that insurance companies can deduct from their taxes for executives making over $500,000 per year.
  1. Prevention Takes a Hit
    The Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides crucial financial support for public health and other services that assist people with disabilities. would be gone in 2018. According to analysis by the Trust for America’s Health, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention would lose 12 percent of its annual budget if the Prevention and Public Health Fund is repealed.

8 thoughts on “What are the 5 Worst Things About the ACA Repeal Bill?

  1. Stop this atrocities. The cost to warehouse is close to 200,000.00 year . This is much more reasonable than just killing off or putting more on the streets of the more disabled people we seen this happen before in the Reaganomics when disabled people were just tossed off on the streets. Z programs save the government so much more money people to work come on Representatives get your heads out of your butt it works it doesn’t matter if you care it always happens Sears given the respect they deserve.

  2. I wish I knew how to contact my Senator and
    Congressman. I would sure like to give them a lesson or two I my way of life.

  3. It is a sad day in the United States when children with disabilities and adults will be harm by the decisions made to do away with ACA and Medicaid cutbacks.

    I have always stated and am very verbal about it, if the powers to be, just looked into all the fraud in the Medicaid Program and individuals that are undocumented receiving the ACA and Medicaid, we would not need cutbacks. Our Country and each State would save millions/billions of dollars.

    I do believe the ACA does need to be redone to take care of adults with disabilities, children with disabilities, the elderly population, and low income adults. How this Act is redone, these U.S. individuals should be considered first to receive services. All other points should be looked at carefully to provide a equal and fair plan for all.

  4. Are these people insane. The wording warehouse the people with disabilities in an institution is best. What are you going to do to those people that live on a certain budget and refuse to put their child in an institution. Is this Trumps doing as well. Will he go with what Congress wants to cut. What are all these people with disabilities in homes with their families and then have to go to an institution. There is not enough Democrats in Congress and the house to defend the middle class. I refuse to send my daughter to some type of institution.

  5. My mentally challenged son and I moved back to New York as an emergency from the state of North Carolina, due to the election of Pat MC Corey who was their new Republican Governor. He opted out of the Obama care program in 2013, and I had began to become ill from a previous painful condition called Rediculopothy and I was one of the ones that fell between the cracks and had other chronic conditions which would I have killed me if I had stayed without health care and not to mention my son has DD, autism and mentally retardation

  6. It’s a pity you don’t have a donate button! I’d certainly donate
    to this fantastic blog! I guess for now i’ll settle for bookmarking and adding your RSS feed to my Google account.
    I look forward to fresh updates and will share this website with my Facebook group.

    Talk soon!

  7. When the people of the United States accept reductions in Medicaid that will eliminate the level of support they depend on in order to appear healthy, active, sociable, and happy, they will be shunned as they were in the past, disrespected, avoided, and burdensome. And this change in attitudes and behavior will have a negative effect in all levels of our society. Failure to show love and respect to those in need of special support in the community will cause a contagion of disrespect, isolation and abandonment of any person found to be in any way disruptive of the comforts of others. We will allow Medicaid to be decimated at a cost to our society that we cannot imagine now. The birth of a child with a disability or the presence of an adult, young or old, can happen anywhere to any family.. Accepting this decimation of Medicaid in the wealthiest country the world has ever known will have terrifying and increasing repercussions every single year.

Comments are closed.