In typical Republican fashion, Jeb Bush announced his plan to (wait for it) Repeal the Affordable Care Act!
Like a broken record, repealing the ACA has been a GOP staple since the 2010 elections, despite the facts that the ACA is actually helping people.
Repealing the ACA would have “severe consequences to working families in New Hampshire and across the country,” said State Representative Cindy Rosenwald of Nashua.
Dr. Tom Sherman, a practicing physician and NH State Representative, told reporters today that because of the ACA, he is “seeing patients who have not been to the doctor in a decade.” Dr. Sherman noted that because of the ACA, preventative care is provided at no additional cost.
In New Hampshire alone over 41,000 get healthcare through the states expanded Medicaid program and another 50,000 through the ACA exchange.
Dr. Sherman noted that there are 5 things that people look at when they are evaluating insurance plans.
- Quality of care
- Availability or Accessibility to care
- Cost of premiums (annual costs)
- Cost sharing (how much you have to pay out of pocket)
- Cost of prescriptions
The ACA has improved every single one of these categories.
People are actually going to their own doctor now for routine visits instead of going to the Emergency Room for a one time fix. The quality of care goes up dramatically when you see the same doctor regularly over whichever doctor is “on call.”
The ACA put limitation on the amount of money that insurance companies can take in profits, reducing premiums and slowing the rate of premium increases. Families saw an average of $162 refund through profit limitations enacted by the ACA.
The ACA also closed the “donut hole” in Medicare part D reducing the cost of prescriptions for millions of seniors.
Dr. Sherman admits that the ACA is not perfect, but when you institute a program of this size there are going to be bumps in the road and improvements need to be made. “We need revisions, not repeal,” added Sherman.
So what would Jeb Bush’s plan of repealing the ACA do?
“Jeb’s plan would take us back to the days of skyrocketing healthcare costs,” said Rosenwald. “Jeb’s plan would take us back to the days when insurance companies could drop you when you get sick, or charge you more just for being a women.”
Jeb’s plan is take the federal government out and give control back to the states, because that worked so well before the ACA. Even under the ACA only 31 states have chosen to expand Medicaid and provide healthcare to millions of people in their states.
“Jeb’s record on healthcare was a disaster in Florida,” said Rosenwald. “He gave more control to the insurance companies and took away consumer protections.”
In Florida alone there are over 1.2 million people who would benefit from the Medicaid expansion, if they actually enacted the program. That is over million people, who without the expansion, do not currently have, and probably will never get healthcare.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, repealing the ACA would “add $353 billion dollars to the deficit over the next 10 years,” and kick 24 million people off of their existing healthcare plans.
The Affordable Care Act is working and it is saving working families money and making people healthier. Jeb Bush, and all the Republicans, want to take us backwards and kick millions of people off of their current healthcare plans. This is just unacceptable.