Reported Changes Will Not Affect Harmful Core Elements
(NASHVILLE, TN) – As GOP Senators contend that their health care repeal bill is “salvageable,” a new analysis from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) shows how proposed changes to the bill will actually do nothing to mitigate its projected harmful effects for millions of Americans. It would still cause more than 20 million people to lose coverage and would make coverage worse or less affordable for millions more.
CBPP highlights how all versions of the GOP health care bill in the House and Senate thus far have included five core structural features: 1) ending Medicaid expansion to low-income adults; 2) capping and cutting federal Medicaid funding; 3) increasing costs for marketplace consumers; 4) weakening consumer protections; 5) and cutting taxes for high-income households and corporations.
The full CBPP report can be found here.
“Speculation has begun about whether reported changes to the Senate bill will significantly alter its impact on coverage or on the quality and affordability of health insurance,” the report says. “The answer is no. It’s no accident that CBO reached similar conclusions about all three versions of the Republican health bill, as the bill has maintained five core structural features overtime.”
The table below outlines how reported changes to the current Senate bill will not alter these core features: