A new report released today details the full costs of Congressman Erik Paulsen’s plan to repeal the Affordable Care Act – and the scope and magnitude of those costs for Minnesota families is jaw-dropping.
Congressman Paulsen and House Republicans have made repeal their singular obsession, and if their plan succeeds, the consequences would be devastating for the people of Minnesota, according to a report released by the White House today. Not only would many families lose coverage or see their costs go up, but people with pre-existing conditions could be denied care, consumers would stop getting rebate checks when insurance companies overspend on executive bonuses, community health centers would lose job-creating investments, young adults under 26 couldn’t stay on their parents’ health insurance and seniors would pay more for prescription drugs.
“This report confirms the breadth of the devastation that Congressman Paulsen’s repeal would inflict on the people of Minnesota – whether it’s those with preexisting conditions who would lose coverage, seniors who would pay more for prescription drugs, and consumers who would see insurance companies spend premiums on big executive bonuses, deny coverage, and charge women more than men,” said Emily Bittner of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. “The old health care system was broken, but that is exactly what Congressman Paulsen wants to take us back to, leaving the people of Minnesota at the mercy of insurance companies, who would have free rein to hike their rates, deny coverage, discriminate against women and those with preexisting conditions, and drive hardworking people into bankruptcy. It’s clear that under Congressman Paulsen’s repeal plan, insurance companies would benefit and the people of Minnesota would pay the price.”
Earlier this week, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released FacesOfRepeal.com, an online campaign that tells the stories of the real Americans who will suffer if Republicans have their way and repeal the Affordable Care Act.
In Minnesota, the benefits of the health care law are real, and the repeal plan pushed by Republicans in Congress would undermine or eliminate them across the board, reversing critical consumer protections and driving up costs for millions of Americans. Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, in Minnesota:
· 1,412,000 individuals on private insurance have gained coverage for at least one free preventive health care service such as a mammogram, birth control, or an immunization in 2011 and 2012. In the first eleven months of 2013 alone, an additional 272,900 people with Medicare have received at least one preventive service at no out of pocket cost.
· The up to 2,319,000 individuals with pre-existing conditions such as asthma, cancer, or diabetes – including up to 298000 children – will no longer have to worry about being denied coverage or charged higher prices because of their health status or history.
· Approximately 990,000 Minnesotans have gained expanded mental health and substance use disorder benefits and/or federal parity protections.
· 423,000 uninsured Minnesotans will have new health insurance options through Medicaid or private health plans in the Marketplace.
· As a result of new policies that make sure premium dollars work for the consumer, not just the insurer, in the past year insurance companies have sent rebates averaging $303 per family to approximately 9,200 consumers.
· In the first ten months of 2013, 45,200 seniors and people with disabilities have saved on average $811 on prescription medications as the health care law closes Medicare’s so-called “donut hole.”
· 35,000 young adults have gained health insurance because they can now stay on their parents’ health plans until age 26.
· Individuals no longer have to worry about having their health benefits cut off after they reach a lifetime limit on benefits, and starting in January, 2,043,000 Minnesotans will no longer have to worry about annual limits, either.
· Health centers have received $48,506,000 to provide primary care, establish new sites, and renovate existing centers to expand access to quality health care. Minnesota has approximately 80 health center sites, which served about 181,000 individuals in 2012.
Click here to see the full report.