***For Immediate Release***
July 18, 2017
Contact, Jeff Sheldon
Nebraska Appleseed Communications Director
Office: (402) 438-8853
Mobile: (402) 840-7289
Nebraska Appleseed Statement on Senate effort to repeal ACA with no replacement
Move would throw insurance markets into chaos, force even more Nebraskans to lose coverage
LINCOLN — This afternoon Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Senators would pursue a vote to repeal the Affordable Care Act without an immediate replacement plan in place, similar to a bill passed by the Senate in 2015.
Nebraska Appleseed Deputy Health Care Director Molly McCleery issued the following statement on the proposal:
“The ‘Repeal and Delay’ strategy is an incredibly irresponsible gamble that could force even more Nebraskans to lose health insurance than the most-recent Senate plan, the Better Care Reconciliation Act,” McCleery said. “The Congressional Budget Office estimated that the Repeal and Delay bill in 2015 would force 32 million Americans to lose coverage in the next decade. It would throw health insurance markets nationwide into uncertainty, cause premium costs to skyrocket, and eliminate the protections that have allowed tens of thousands of Nebraskans to afford health insurance, many for the first time.
“We now encourage all of our members of Congress to work with colleagues, care providers, advocates, and Nebraska patients to get input on a health care system that can serve everyone. A public, transparent, and inclusive process that brings ideas from all across the country to the table is essential to creating a system that allows every Nebraskan to get the quality, affordable care that they need.”
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