GOP’s healthcare plan would screw more people than a simple repeal

Ever since the Affordable Care Act passed in 2010, the GOP has made repealing Obamacare a top priority. To address the devastating consequences for millions of Americans who would no longer be able to afford health insurance, they promised the ACA, upon being repealed, would be replaced with a better plan.

But according to new analysis of the proposed American Healthcare Act by the New York Times on Tuesday, it looks like as destructive as repealing and not replacing Obamacare would be, replacing it with the GOP’s current plan would be even more harmful.

The Congressional Budget Office estimated that roughly 24 million Americans, which is around the population of the state of Texas, will lose their healthcare coverage under the new GOP plan. However, a bill proposed in Congress in 2016 that would have repealed Obamacare without offering a replacement plan would have resulted in 23 million — one million fewer than under the current proposed GOP healthcare plan — losing coverage.

“Getting rid of the major coverage provisions and regulations of Obamacare would cost 23 million Americans their health insurance according to another recent C.B.O. report,” the TimesMargaret Sanger-Katz wrote. “In other words, one million more Americans would have health insurance with a clean repeal than with the Republican replacement plan, according to C.B.O. estimates.”

The GOP’s American Healthcare Act may keep a couple of popular features of the ACA, such as allowing people to stay on their parents’ health insurance until age 26, prohibiting discrimination against people with preexisting health conditions, and, despite defunding Planned Parenthood and all organizations providing abortion, upholding the ACA’s guarantee of key preventative services for women, such as like birth control, STI and HIV screenings.

But in offering massive tax cuts to the wealthy and making critical cuts to Medicaid funding, the American Healthcare Act will hurt roughly 1 million more Americans than repealing and not replacing Obamacare would.

Despite enthusiastic endorsement from the White House, which has gone so far as to threaten Republicans who don’t vote for repealing Obamacare with the possibility of losing their seats, the proposed replacement plan is not only loathed by Democrats, but also scorned by conservatives who argue that it doesn’t go far enough.

The American Healthcare Act may face an uphill battle, but as this report by the Times reveals that even if Obamacare is repealed and the American Healthcare Act is not immediately enacted, Americans would, as a whole, be slightly better off.

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