Repealing the ACA has a High Cost for Working People Who Have Health Care Coverage Through Their Jobs
Less than one month into the new year, Republicans have made it their number one priority to take away the guarantee of health insurance coverage from millions of America’s families. So far, Republicans have voted over 60 times over the past seven years to undermine or repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). And, to date, Republicans have not held hearings on the impact of repealing the ACA, and have failed to introduce a plan to address the chaos that would occur as a result of a repeal of the ACA.
The Republicans’ plan to [solely] repeal the ACA and to not offer a replacement, will result in an estimated 30 million people losing their healthcare coverage and the damage to our nation’s families and our economy would be far-reaching. For the 150 million Americans who have health insurance coverage through their employer, repealing the Affordable Care Act will:
- End the requirement that health insurance companies cover preventive care services without charging a copayment or coinsurance. [Healthcare.gov]
- Services such as cancer screenings, STD testing, and domestic violence counseling would no longer be provided without a copay. [Healthcare.gov]
- End the requirement that health insurance companies provide flu shots and other vaccines without charging a copay. [HHS]
- End the provision that allows young adults to stay on their parents’ insurance plans until they reach the age of 26. [Healthcare.gov]
- End the requirement that insurance companies provide birth control and other forms of contraception without charging a copayment. [Healthcare.gov]
The Republicans’ number one priority for families is clear:
Make America Sick Again by
- Taking away health insurance from 30 million Americans;
- Causing a loss of 2.6 million jobs across every state in the country;
- Increasing the cost of health insurance while reducing benefits for those who have coverage; and
- Leaving working people financially vulnerable if they became seriously ill.
Repealing the Affordable Care Act would send us back to a time where a single health crisis could put families on the brink of poverty. Democrats will continue to fight for and voice the concerns of our nation’s families who benefit greatly from the comprehensive services and protections of the Affordable Care Act.