Last week, House Republicans passed an Affordable Care Act (ACA) health care repeal bill. Now, those House members — on recess this week — are hearing exactly what their constituents think. In Willingboro, N.J., more than 500 people turned out for a town hall meeting held by Rep. Tom MacArthur (R), who led House efforts to get the bill passed.
The first question to MacArthur: "What will happen to people with pre-existing conditions?" And the questions didn't get any easier.
That's because this bill isn't about fixing health care, it's a $700 billion tax cut for millionaires, insurers, and drug companies. At least 24 million people will lose their health care and Americans age 50 and older will see their costs skyrocket under the "age tax" the bill institutes – all to provide a big tax break for corporations and the wealthy. Billionaire Warren Buffett says the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is "a huge tax cut for guys like me."
Here's what this outrageous bill does:
- Takes health coverage away from 24 million Americans, according to the Congressional Budget Office.
- Allows insurance companies to charge seniors five times more for coverage based only on age.
- Allows the states to do away with coverage for pre-existing medical conditions, affecting 130 million, or one in every four Americans.
- Undermines funding for Medicare by cutting $117 billion in funding.
- Makes drastic changes to Medicaid that would jeopardize care for poor children, seniors in nursing homes, and the disabled.
- Keeps the tax on so-called "Cadillac" employer health plans.
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