Thousands Of Pennsylvanians Would Lose Affordable Health Care Under Extreme House Republican Plans
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 23, 2023
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THOUSANDS OF PENNSYLVANIANS WOULD LOSE AFFORDABLE HEALTH CARE UNDER EXTREME HOUSE REPUBLICAN PLANS
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As we mark the 13th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act today, Pennsylvanians are still feeling the benefits of this historic legislation – from lower prescription drug costs to more reliable insurance coverage. Even though this legislation remains broadly popular and is helping Pennsylvania families get the care they need, Republicans in Congress are hellbent on repealing the ACA. They’re threatening cuts that would skyrocket costs for Pennsylvanians and eliminate coverage entirely for many.
“Without the Affordable Care Act, hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania families would be paying significantly more for health care, and countless others wouldn’t have coverage at all,” said Building Back Together spokesperson Olivia Eggers. “That’s what Republicans in Congress are advocating for. They want to rip coverage away from those who need it most, raise costs, and put essential programs like Medicaid and the ACA on the chopping block – all to fund tax breaks for the ultra wealthy and big businesses. President Biden won’t stand by and let them sell out Pennsylvania families; he’ll veto this plan if it comes to his desk.”
If House Republicans’ extreme agenda is enacted:
- Insurance coverage for 1.5 million Pennsylvanians would be at risk, and an additional 2.3 million Pennsylvanians on Medicaid, including children, could lose their coverage.
- 4.9 million Pennsylvanians could face lifetime benefit caps.
- 325,000 Pennsylvanians would have to pay higher premiums for care – with costs increasing an average of $6,300.
- And up to 1.1 million Pennsylvanians could lose protections against catastrophic medical bills.
Read more about the devastating consequences of Congressional Republicans’ plans to gut Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act in Pennsylvania here.