There is no other way to describe the latest reports on the impact of the Republican’s American Health Care Act. 23 million people would lose their health care according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, states would lose $834 billion in federal funds for their Medicaid programs and in New York, 2.7 million people would be left without health coverage.
That’s 1 in every 7 New Yorkers who would be shut out of potentially life-saving medical care. Another 7 million New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid and other services created under the Affordable Care Act would also be put at risk.
And all this comes with a hefty price tag – a loss of nearly $7 billion in health care funding in New York alone.
Fewer people covered and much greater cost for taxpayers is a prescription for disaster.
But the bad news doesn’t stop there. The AHCA would also defund Planned Parenthood, strip away access to reproductive health services, and deny low-income New Yorkers tax credits used to lower insurance costs.
Their bill will deny millions of Americans access to critical health programs like maternity and pediatric services, opioid addiction treatment, and protections for people with pre-existing conditions. It would set our country back to the darkest days of the Great Depression when getting sick was a financial death blow.
In New York, we don’t look back and we’re not going to let this Congress take us back to the days when going to a doctor meant going broke. So please, reach out to your member of Congress and make your voice count.
Think of your friends and family. Think of yourself. Now think of a country where health care is unaffordable and unattainable for you and the people you love.
That’s not who we are as New Yorkers. If you feel the same way, please join us in sending a message to Congress.