#CostsOfRepeal: Congressman Paulsen Would Take Away Affordable Coverage from 423,000 Uninsured Minnesotans

Congressman  Erik Paulsen’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act could mean up to 423,000 uninsured Minnesotans won’t be able to buy affordable health care plans for $100 a month or less. Instead, Congressman Paulsen’s repeal plan would leave 41 million uninsured Americans to contend with a broken system that led too many people into bankruptcy and where their only recourse is emergency room care, driving up costs for everyone.

In fact, six in 10 people who are uninsured can find a plan for $100 a month or less, but Congressman Paulsen’s House Republicans have voted nearly 50 times to take away affordable coverage from 41 million uninsured Americans, including 423,000 in Minnesota.

“Getting Americans covered by affordable health plans will bring down costs for everyone, but Congressman Paulsen’s  reckless obsession with repealing the Affordable Care Act would leave 423,000 uninsured Minnesotans in the old, broken system where insurance companies were free to charge exorbitant rates and drive too many families into bankruptcy,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The Affordable Care Act created a marketplace where nearly 60 percent of the uninsured can find premiums as low as $100 a month, bringing down costs for everyone – but Congressman Paulsen would repeal the law so that insurance companies could do whatever they want. The simple fact is, Congressman Paulsen would deny affordable health coverage to 423,000 Minnesotans.”

BACKGROUND:

HHS: 56 Percent of Eligible Uninsured Qualify for Health Insurance Costing $100 a Month or Less. “Under the Affordable Care Act, advanced payment of the premium tax credits will be available to help eligible individuals and families afford insurance coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace beginning January 1, 2014, and states may expand Medicaid eligibility for low-income adults.   There are currently 41.3 million eligible uninsured Americans.  In states that are expanding Medicaid, a total of 23.2 million people, or 56 percent of the 41.3 million eligible uninsured, may qualify for Medicaid, CHIP, or tax credits to purchase coverage for $100 or less per person per month.” [HHS.gov, September 2013]

House Republicans Have Voted 46 Times to Repeal or Dismantle the Affordable Care Act. “Republican elected officials have seen the Affordable Care Act as essentially unfixable—that’s why House Republicans voted 46 times to repeal or delay the implementation of the law, instead of working with the White House over the past three years to identify and solve problems within it of the sort that tend to accumulate in any such massive piece of legislation.” [The Atlantic, 11/27/13]