Keep the Affordable Care Act affordable
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The Affordable Care Act is under review for revision. Most of those revisions will leave people under the Federal Poverty Line without healthcare. In the Senate revision, a new formula for setting the amount of subsidies would tie them to the cost of less comprehensive health plans. That means many consumers would get substantially less assistance than under Obamacare. Also, cost-sharing subsidies for insurers to help cover deductibles and co-payments for poorer customers would end in 2020, but could be cut off earlier.
While in the House revision, the amount would be tied to a person's age, not income, so younger low-income people would get less help. That means that the college students that are entering the work field will have yet another factor pushing them further into debt. The House's proposal would also allow the States to allow insurers to charge sick people more, potentially making coverage unaffordable for some. Insurers would also be able to charge older consumers five times more than younger consumers. This would make it extremely hard for retirees to obtain healthcare.
In reference to women's health the GOP proposal permits states to seek waivers to allow insurers to drop some basic benefits, such as maternity care and contraceptives. Also, Medicaid would no longer have to offer these benefits, which would more deeply affect low-income women. Nearly 80% of Planned Parenthood patients have incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level
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