ACA Update | March 17, 2017: The AHCA CBO Score, a Cancer Survivor’s Question for Tom Price, and New Polling
Trump's budget on health: 3 losers and 2 winners https://t.co/5kTvFY3NhY
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 16, 2017
Further, the report outlines how premiums would rise for various populations. For example:
“A 64-year-old who earns $20,000 would see her premiums rise from $1,700 to $14,600 under the Republican plan — a 758 percent increase. She’d be expected to spend more than half her annual income on health insurance.”
(Vox.com – “2 winners and 3 losers under the CBO score of the GOP health plan”)
This bad news rattled many Members of Congress, and led House Speaker Paul Ryan to admit that the AHCA “must change to pass the House, marking a significant retreat from his earlier position that the carefully crafted legislation would fail if substantially altered.”
(Washington Post – “Ryan: Health care plan must change to pass the House”)
Despite the unfavorable CBO analysis, the AHCA made its way through three House committees, without a single hearing to gain patient or provider perspective on the bill. Next week, the AHCA is expected to be brought to the House floor, where it has been reported that a manager’s amendment will be used to make changes to the bill to increase conservative support. The future of the AHCA remains unknown, as many House Republicans are divided on the bill and several Senators have publicly voiced their concern about the legislation, particularly the reduction in the Medicaid expansion.
CNN’s Town Hall with Tom Price
CNN hosted a town hall meeting this week, with Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Tom Price. Colon cancer survivor Brian Kline said that the Medicaid expansion saved his life and saved him from bankruptcy. He said, “My life really depends on having access to my doctors and medical care. Why do you want to take away my Medicaid expansion?” Secretary Price responded that the Medicaid program has problems and does not work well for everyone.
Price to man who says Medicaid saved his life: Care he received is “not necessarily true for everybody” #CNNTownHall https://t.co/Qsowip35f5
— CNN (@CNN) March 16, 2017
Public Opinion of the AHCA and ACA
The Kaiser Family Foundation released polling that showed that about half of respondents believe the AHCA will reduce the number of people covered, and a similar share of respondents believe the AHCA will increase costs, with Republicans more optimistic about the effect of the AHCA than Democrats. The public remains split on the ACA, with just over half of respondents opposing repeal, and approximately half with a favorable view of the ACA.
NEW POLL: Half of the public think fewer people will have health coverage under the House GOP #AHCA https://t.co/nXTHktnawX pic.twitter.com/FTXZUmp3gR
— Kaiser Family Found (@KaiserFamFound) March 15, 2017
The AHCA would be a significant step backward from the ACA’s affordability and patient protections, and will hurt millions of Americans, including cancer patients and survivors. As a full House vote is expected next week, timing is critical and your voice must be heard! Call your Representative and Senators today and let them know that cancer patients and survivors deserve better.
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