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Basic Information on the Repeal Bill - Including Local Data!
The U.S. House of Representatives is preparing to vote soon on the health care repeal bill. Here's a quick rundown on the bill and some of the reasons we need to stop it.
- The Congressional Budget Office estimates that 24 million Americans will lose health coverage by 2026 if the bill passes. The Houston Chronicle reports that half a million Texans could lose coverage.
- The bill will make insurance more expensive for millions of people -- particularly those who are over 50, low-income, and/or live in rural areas -- by cutting subsidies and allowing insurers to charge even higher premiums to older Americans.
- For example, a 60-year-old making $30,000 per year would only receive a $4,000 subsidy under the repeal bill. By contrast the current subsidy under the ACA for someone with that profile is below. (Check out this interactive map for more examples and counties.)
$5,490 in El Paso County
$5,840 in Bexar County
$6,010 in Dallas County
$6,180 in Harris County
$6,730 in Travis County
$7,520 in Tarrant County
$10,140 in Lampasas County
$11,280 in Val Verde County
$12,250 in Kaufman County
- The bill also permanently cuts Medicaid for Texas and others states through a "per-capita cap." 96% of Texans served by Medicaid are children, pregnant women, seniors, and people with disabilities, meaning these Texans would face a health care cut under the bill.
- The bill cuts health care in large part to pay for $600 billion in tax cuts for the wealthy, insurance companies, drug companies, and others.
- The bill is opposed by national conservative groups, health care providers, and a range of Texas groups, including advocates for children, advocates for low-income Texans, and the conservative group TPPF.
- The percentage of uninsured Texans declined under the ACA, but Texas still has both the largest number (4.6 million) and percentage (17.1) of uninsured residents in the country.