Meanwhile in D.C., Washington Republicans Literally Hide Their Health Care Repeal Plan from the American People
WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) shared new data from the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about how repealing the Affordable Care Act would hurt families in Illinois’ 17th Congressional District. As Washington Republicans prepare to steamroll the American people with a repeal bill they are literally hiding in a basement under lock and key, Congresswoman Bustos is fighting to fix and improve the Affordable Care Act and protect the care millions of American families rely on.
“Repealing the Affordable Care Act would be devastating to the families and hospitals in our region, and it’s shameful that President Trump and Washington Republicans are literally hiding their reckless repeal plan from the American people,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Instead of shifting more costs to patients – as President Trump plans to do – we should fix what’s broken and improve the Affordable Care Act. Raising taxes and reducing benefits is not an acceptable plan, and I’ll continue fighting to improve health care options for the people I serve.”
Here is what is at risk for Illinois’ 17th Congressional District if President Trump and Washington Republicans repeal the Affordable Care Act:
- Our Congressional District’s uninsured rate has gone from 11.3% to 5.3% since the ACA was implemented. This 6.0 percentage point drop in the uninsured rate could be reversed if the ACA is entirely or partially repealed.
- 330,700 individuals in our Congressional District who now have health insurance that covers preventive services like cancer screenings and flu shots without any co-pays, coinsurance, or deductibles stand to lose this access if Washington Republicans eliminate ACA provisions requiring health insurers to cover important preventive services without cost-sharing.
- 361,500 individuals in our Congressional District with employer-sponsored health insurance are at risk of losing important consumer protections like the prohibition on annual and lifetime limits, protection against unfair policy rescissions, and coverage of preexisting health conditions, if the ACA is entirely or partially repealed.
- 16,300 individuals in our Congressional District who have purchased high quality Marketplace coverage now stand to lose their coverage if Washington Republicans dismantle the Marketplaces.
- 14,000 individuals in our Congressional District who received financial assistance to purchase Marketplace coverage in 2016 are now at risk of coverage becoming unaffordable if Washington Republicans eliminate the premium tax credits.
- 7,300 individuals in our Congressional District who are receiving cost-sharing reductions to lower out-of-pocket costs such as deductibles, co-pays, and coinsurance, are now at risk of health care becoming unaffordable if Washington Republicans eliminate cost-sharing reductions.
- 42,200 individuals in our Congressional District who are covered by the ACA’s Medicaid expansion now stand to lose coverage if Washington Republicans eliminate Medicaid expansion.