Republican Sabotage of the ACA Hurts Vulnerable Nevada Populations
Last month, a coalition of conservative groups released an outline of a new plan for repealing and replacing Obamacare. The plan is strikingly similar to the failed Graham-Cassidy bill that proposed the elimination of the Medicaid expansion, ended insurance premium subsidies and gutted protections for people with pre-existing conditions.
Despite the overwhelming unpopularity and repeated failure of similar repeal bills in the U.S. Senate, President Trump is taking his own measures to sabotage the Affordable Care Act. Along with Republicans in Congress, he has fought to derail widely popular programs that keep children, older Americans and those with complex medical needs out of bankruptcy and allow them to access the health services they need.
President Trump and the GOP’s efforts to sabotage the Affordable Care Act are already having real impacts on the lives of Nevadans. President Trump and congressional Republicans’ decision to repeal the individual mandate and allow for the creation of junk health insurance plans are both designed to take young, healthy Americans out of the insurance risk pools, creating smaller pools of sicker patients that will raise costs for everyone.
This Administration continues to target Nevada’s most vulnerable populations. The Department of Justice recently announced it would abandon defending the Affordable Care Act in court, refusing to stand up for the millions of Americans protected from discrimination because of pre-existing medical conditions. Over 1.2 million Nevadans have pre-existing conditions, including over 40 percent of all adults aged 50-64. Common pre-existing conditions impacting older Americans range from asthma and anxiety, to diabetes and cancer diagnoses. Without the ACA’s protections, children born with life-threatening conditions will once again be at risk of losing their insurance simply because of their diagnosis, and older Americans will be forced to pay much more for the same basic coverage.