If Republicans in Congress follow through on their promise to repeal the Affordable Care Act, nearly 1 million Ohioans could lose coverage and it would increase health care premiums for thousands more. Republican leaders in Congress are saying it will take years to come up with a replacement. Our elected officials shouldn’t make us wait for years before we know if our friends, neighbors, and families will have access to health care.
Ohio hospitals could lose 15.5 billion. Hospital are major employers in Ohio, often the largest employer in rural counties.
Sen. Rob Portman came out publicly and said we should not repeal without a meaningful replacement in place. Soon after, in the wee hours, he voted in favor of a bill that started the repeal process
- Their repeal bill includes no replacement of any kind for the system and protections they Americans.
- Increase taxes on millions of people who purchase their own insurance by more than $3,000 by abolishing healthcare tax credits.
- Give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax breaks to the wealthy, insurance companies, and drug manufacturers, while eliminating the tax credits that make insurance affordable for millions of working families.
- Let large corporations off the hook for providing healthcare for their employees by eliminating the requirement that companies with more than 50 employees provide insurance benefits.
- Take health coverage away from millions of low and moderate income Americans by repealing the Medicaid expansion.
- Double the number of uninsured children in America, leaving 4 million children uninsured.
- Cut off federal funds for Planned Parenthood health centers that provide birth control and critical preventive health care services to millions of women.
Impact on People
When people with health problems that are treatable don’t get the care they need when they need it, they get sicker. They end up in the hospital. They miss work. Many end up saddled with unmanageable medical debt. It’s a downward spiral that can doom people to sickness or death and their families to financial ruin.
When people have health coverage, they do better. Let’s protect the gains we’ve made and ensure access to care for all Ohioans.
Don’t Play Politics with Our Health Care
The share of Ohioans without health insurance dropped sharply, from 11 percent of the population in 2013, to just 6.5 percent in 2015. This is better than the national rate of 9.4 percent. These represent the largest gains in health coverage in U.S. history.
- In fact, enrollment numbers released last week demonstrate a strong commitment – and need – from the American public to the marketplace.
- The gains we’ve made must be maintained, but we’ve seen no evidence of a replacement plan that provides better, more affordable care, coverage and consumer protections than those found now in the ACA.
- Congressional Republicans are asking us to trust them to develop a plan when they’ve been unable to agree to one plan in the past six years.
- Already, significant division exists among Congressional factions about the strategy and timeline for replacement, as rumors swirl that they’ll wait as long as four more years to approve a plan. Americans can’t afford to have Congress gamble with their health care while it plays politics.
Impact on Medicaid Expansion
Medicaid expansion has provided affordable health coverage for nearly 690,000 Ohioans and 12 million people nationwide and reduced state uncompensated care costs. Repealing the expansion would add new costs to state budgets and cause working families in Ohio to become uninsured.
Because we expanded Medicaid, we are also seeing benefits to the state’s budget and economy. [Insert state-specific data about growth in health care jobs or industry].
For Social Media
Right now, the hashtag we are using is #ProtectOurCare. We are also using #MedicaidMatters and #MedicaidWorks for Medicaid related content.
[LD1]For state-specific data, check out these reports from the Urban Institute: