The following statement from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is in response to the Congressional Budget Office’s (CBO) score of the Senate’s proposed legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act. The non-partisan estimate concludes 22 million people would lose coverage by 2026 under the Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked for more than 40 years to ensure that everyone in America has access to affordable, high-quality health care.
Being able to obtain affordable health insurance matters, as researchers have shown time and again. The impact of having health insurance is proven. It’s a matter of life and death. Having health insurance affects financial security, the ability to receive care, reductions in chronic disease, and better health outcomes.
This bill puts the protections and peace of mind that come with comprehensive health insurance out of reach for millions of people—including children, the elderly, and those with disabilities. It rolls back expansion of coverage under the Affordable Care Act, which helped millions of people become insured. It shifts responsibility to cash-strapped states for covering health care for the poor. It turns the financial support that made health insurance affordable for millions of people into tax cuts for the wealthiest among us.
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