NPAF statement on the latest Senate bill to repeal, replace the Affordable Care Act
2017-07-14 | July 13, 2017
(Washington, DC) Senate leadership today revealed an updated version of the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), legislation that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
This bill would seriously impact the health and financial stability of millions of patients, caregivers and their families, particularly those who are low-income or who are currently living with a chronic or debilitating disease.
The bill does nothing to improve upon its previous iterations; it still would make massive cuts to Medicaid, negatively impact the individual marketplace and roll back established patient protections. The BCRA would raise out-of-pocket costs and damage our existing health ecosystem.
The ability for insurers to sell “skinny plans” should not be viewed as a positive aspect to the proposed legislation. Instead, this feature would bifurcate the market, making affordable, comprehensive coverage inaccessible to Americans living with cancer, diabetes, HIV-AIDS and arthritis, along with hundreds of other conditions.
We urge our Senators to vote against this bill and instead work to improve the existing structure of the Affordable Care Act by stabilizing the Marketplaces and working to bring down systemic health care costs.