The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) just unveiled the cost and coverage implications of the revised Better Care Reconciliation Act, the U.S. Senate’s latest version of legislation to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The projections this time around are alarmingly similar to previous estimates on massive coverage loss and deep Medicaid cuts under federal health care legislation. The CBO indicates that 22 million fewer Americans would be insured by 2026 and that $756 billion would be cut from Medicaid over the next decade.
The CBO’s estimate once again confirms that the underlying damaging features of the ACA repeal and replace proposals offered by Senate leadership are still intact. Despite a host of data produced by state and national non-partisan groups outlining how cutting and capping Medicaid would adversely impact millions of children, seniors and people with disabilities who rely on it as a lifeline, we continue to see this provision in subsequent iterations of federal health care legislation.
It imperative that all members of the U.S. Senate come together on a bipartisan basis to build on the unprecedented health insurance coverage and health care delivery gains of the ACA. We call on Florida’s Senate delegation in particular to pursue this path and preserve the health and livelihood of Sunshine State residents.
The U.S. Senate must reject any legislation that eliminates Medicaid expansion, caps and cuts Medicaid or results in coverage loss.