“Despite House Republicans’ false rhetoric that their legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not make anyone ‘worse off,’ the bill’s Congressional Budget Office (CBO) score exposes how deceptive that empty promise truly is. Plain and simple, the Republican bill would take health care coverage away from at least 24 million people by 2026 and drive up costs for millions of women and working families.
Today’s CBO report proves that the House Republicans’ health plan is a sham. House Republicans are trying to pull the wool over people’s eyes, but we won’t be fooled. The House bill radically changes and makes deep cuts in the Medicaid program while simultaneously gutting the ACA by, among other things, dramatically reducing financial assistance for low-income families and older adults, making it harder for people to afford coverage and the health care they need.
The legislation also defunds Planned Parenthood from the Medicaid program, denying 2.5 million people access to essential health care. And it expands already harmful abortion coverage restrictions, making it even more difficult for women to get the care they need.
We can’t afford to play politics with women’s health. We can’t afford to make health care more expensive and less accessible for working families. We can’t undermine the health and economic security of millions of people who would lose coverage under this bill. We need leaders in Congress to stand up for the health and well-being of our nation’s women and families and to fight to protect our care.”