Two major issues
- Lower tax credits for buying private insurance. Hurts the underinsured/unemployed disproportionally.
- Federal contributions to State medicaid programs capped. Loss of Medicaid for underinsured/unemployed/low income.
By Robert Lowes
Major medical societies such as the American Medical Association (AMA) worry that a House bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will translate into fewer people with health coverage and the care they need.
Their objections to the bill, dubbed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), center on two key elements. They say that the bill’s new tax credits for buying a private plan are less generous than those under the ACA, particularly for low-income Americans, a claim supported by a recent Kaiser Family Foundation analysis. They also are troubled by major changes to Medicaid — namely, a per-capita cap on the federal contribution to state programs, which could leave them underfunded, and a rollback of…
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