Yet another unexpected voice emerged this week to oppose the American Healthcare Act (AHCA), the Republican plan to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA), or Obamacare, as insurance executive Mario Molina told the Huffington Post in an interview that the bill was “terrible” and would expose millions of people to stifling medical bills.
If AHCA passes and millions of Americans end up losing coverage—as projected by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) this month—the effects would eventually spread, Molina explained, leading to hospital closures in rural areas and the erosion of care quality for everyone.
“You can’t say this is not my problem―I have insurance, this is not my problem,” Molina said. “This is your problem. You just don’t know it yet.”
The updated plan, which Republicans released this week, was described by Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman as being “even crueler to the poor and working class” than its original version.
As the Center for Budget and Priorities summed up on Tuesday, it “takes an already damaging plan—the previous version of this House GOP legislation—and makes it even more harmful for the tens of millions of children, seniors, people with disabilities, and other adults who rely on Medicaid” by axing expansion of the safety net program and giving states the option to impose onerous limits on coverage.
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