Republicans in Congress voted on the American Health Care Act before the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office had time to provide an official “score” of the bill. That score came out yesterday and estimated that 23 million additional Americans will become uninsured over the next decade if the bill passed by the House goes into effect,
The bill allows states to decide whether to eliminate two consumer regulations put in place by the Affordable Care Act (ACA) The ACA required insurance companies to cover those with pre-existing conditions, and required that all insurance plans cover essential health benefits, such as maternity and mental health. California may choose to keep those protections, but that will not protect Californians from the biggest impact of the American Health Care Act:
An additional 3.7 million previously uninsured adults in California became insured through the ACA’s Medi-Cal expansion. Those people would gradually lose their coverage under the bill. While a majority of California’s lawmakers would not want this to happen, the huge amount of money that the Federal government is cutting out of the Medicaid budget ($884 billion) will force states to either raise taxes or make significant cuts.