BACKGROUND: The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is a proposed replacement to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). In addition to rolling back the Medicaid expansion, the AHCA also fundamentally restructures Medicaid itself, resulting in deep cuts and more uninsured over the next decade. While the AHCA, laudably, restricts funding which flows to abortion providers and prohibits federal funding for abortion or the purchase of plans that cover abortion, it also makes changes that would result in loss of affordable coverage for those on the margins.
In a recent statement, Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, Chair of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, expressed his deep concerns about certain provisions in the AHCA:
“It is deeply disappointing to many Americans that, in modifying the American Health Care Act to again attempt a vote, proponents of the bill left in place its serious flaws, including unacceptable modifications to Medicaid that will endanger coverage and affordability for millions of people, according to reports,” said Bishop Dewane. “Sadly, some of the recently proposed amendments-especially those designed to give states flexibility-lack apparent safeguards to ensure quality of care. These additions could severely impact many people with pre-existing conditions while risking for others the loss of access to various essential coverages.”
Previously, on March 17, Bishop Dewane wrote a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives critiquing several of the policy provisions in the original bill that will impact the poor and vulnerable.
TAKE ACTION: Contact your U.S. Representative in Congress and ask them to ensure that any replacement to the Affordable Care Act maintains meaningful coverage for the poor, the elderly and the chronically ill, in addition to providing essential protections for the unborn.