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Senate health bill fails every litmus test

The Senate health bill would lead to 22 million more people uninsured nationally, including hundreds of thousands of Louisianans. It would raise average after-tax-credit marketplace premiums in Louisiana by 105 percent and it contains a glaring loophole that would mean people with pre-existing conditions would not be protected.

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NEW REPORT: The American Health Care Act Would Reverse Recent Coverage Gains and Strain Louisiana’s Budget

The American Health Care Act would be devastating for the state budget, health care providers and residents of all parts of the state.

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Tax bills fall short on revenue

While these bills would eliminate a costly and unorthodox tax break, they fall far short of the revenue that is needed to address the looming $1.3 billion fiscal cliff in 2018 and put the state budget back on a more sustainable path. In fact, passage of these bills - which would require a vote of the people - would make it harder for policymakers to solve the state’s structural revenue shortfall in a future special session.

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Louisiana’s pediatricians have pushed back hard against the Medicaid caps and cuts included in the Senate’s “health care” bill.

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35 - Percent cut to Medicaid over the next two decades under the Senate “health” bill. The cuts are projected to leave 15 million people without health insurance by 2026, with even more losing coverage during the following decade as cuts become more severe. (Source: Congressional Budget Office)

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The U.S. Senate has now turned its attention back to reviving the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA)–a bill that simply cannot be fixed and is incredibly unpopular. Approval of the bill among the American public has hovered between 12 and 27 percent. A newly released report from the Congressional Budget Office shows the latest version would eliminate coverage for 22 million people and cut Medicaid by $756 billion over the next decade.* The newest CBO score looks much like the nonpartisan group’s analyses of the previous four versions of House and Senate health-care legislation.

The similarity of all five CBO scores highlights what has been clear since the first version of the BCRA was released: the bill is unfixable because its core elements — major cuts to Medicaid and federal subsidies — would take coverage away from millions of people and make insurance more expensive for millions more. In Louisiana, the most recent version of the Senate bill would take coverage away from 399,000 residents by 2022, which is only a slight improvement upon previous versions of the Senate health-care plan. And, since the number of people receiving coverage through Medicaid expansion is expected to grow, these estimates may understate the actual coverage losses.

Still, the Senate is now discussing additional changes to the BCRA in an attempt to cobble together support from 50 senators. But, the major provisions of the bill are expected to remain the same.

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