Donald Trump, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and other Republicans are lying about the impact of Obamacare repeal. According to an analysis by ACA expert Charles Gaba, repeal will result in 24.5 million Americans losing their health insurance.
However, the guru of ACA math Charles Gaba analyzed the post-repeal situation and found, “My estimate of the number of highly-subsidized exchange enrollees losing coverage is down a few hundred thousand…but the number of Medicaid enrollees who’d lose coverage is dramatically higher due to yesterday’s revelation that 1.6 million+ additional New Yorkers enrolled in Medicaid would lose their coverage under an ACA repeal than I had previously thought. These folks are listed in the “Young Adults/Other” column due to the unique circumstances at hand. As a result, the grand total at risk now stands at up to 24.5 million people under my scenario (still around 30 million under the Urban Institute’s).”
The conclusion is the same in both studies. Tens of millions of Americans are going to lose their access to healthcare after the ACA is repealed because the Republicans are targeting putting an end to funding for the Medicaid expansion and ACA subsidies. Without a replacement plan, which Republicans don’t have, 20-30 million Americans will lose their health insurance.
Republicans are lying to the American people. ACA repeal is not going to painless. It is going to harm the quality of life of millions. Trump and the GOP will pay a steep price for their ideological folly.