Today, House Republicans are moving a step closer to advancing their healthcare reform plan that experts say would gut the Affordable Care Act and slash Medicaid. The plan is to rush the legislation through prior to lawmakers’ spring break on April 8.
Since it was released yesterday, initial analysis of the legislation suggests that it could result in over a million Ohioans losing healthcare coverage thanks to the elimination of subsidies, a dramatic rise in insurance costs as healthy people leave the market thanks to the elimination of purchase mandates, and major cuts to the Medicaid program. As a result of lower coverage levels, the Ohio Hospital Association says 1 in 4 Ohio hospitals could close.
The Congressional Budget Office has not yet “scored” the bill – a process that would estimate its impact on the federal deficit and on the number of Americans with healthcare coverage.
Four Ohio representatives sit on the two committees that are considering the bills this week:
If your representative is listed, call and ask them to refuse to vote without a CBO score and vote no if CBO analysis finds that anyone will lose coverage.