Americans for Prosperity Responds to the American Health Care Act

Mar 22, 2017 by AFP

When it comes to health care, Americans for Prosperity wants what all Americans expect: lower costs, better quality, and more choices.

The American Health Care Act (AHCA), the House GOP’s Obamacare repeal-and-replacement bill, won’t deliver these results.

Our policy objections are rooted in the principle that health care costs and premiums must go down for American families. With that in mind, here are four reasons we’re opposed to the GOP’s current health care plan.

It Creates a New  Entitlement with Refundable Tax Credits

Different clothing, same wolf. The AHCA simply swaps one federal entitlement program for another, because its “refundable” tax credits are largely indistinguishable from Obamacare’s subsidies. Both are really taxpayer-funded government programs.

It Preserves Insurance Regulations and Mandates

Obamacare required all health insurance plans sold to contain features that special interests and Washington bureaucrats wanted. These costly mandates prohibited low-cost plans and hiked up insurance premiums, and are a main reason many Americans lost the plans they were promised they could keep. The GOP Obamacare proposal repeals some of these mandates, but not others. Insurance premiums will remain high and the promise of lower health care costs will be broken.

It Delays Medicaid Expansion Repeal

The GOP proposal won’t end Medicaid expansion and replace the entire Medicaid program until 2020, making access to health care more burdensome for those truly in need.

This delay rewards states that expanded Medicaid under Obamacare only to saddle future taxpayers with a growing, potentially unsustainable burden. It punishes those leaders who resisted the temptation of “free” federal money that would have left their states on the hook for higher costs when the federal funds ended.

It Continues the Cadillac Tax

The Cadillac Tax is an unpopular 40 percent excise tax on select employer-sponsored health care plans. The AHCA merely postpones the tax’s implementation until 2026, breaking a Republican promise to repeal all of Obamacare’s harmful taxes.

For all these reasons, the AHCA does not address Obamacare’s fundamental failure to make health care more affordable and accessible. Americans for Prosperity cannot support the GOP plan in its current form. We can, and will, stand with principled lawmakers who will oppose the House health care bill and continue to fight for solutions that provide people the choices and control they want, the affordability they need, and the quality they deserve.