Vice President for Health Policy
What’s striking about the vague health plan that three key House Republicans — Education and Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline, Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton — outlined yesterday isn’t just the lack of critical details, but their language in describing it. They imply that their plan will offer certain features that the Affordable Care Act (ACA) doesn’t when, in fact, the ACA already provides these benefits — and, in most cases, much more so than their plan likely would. This suggests they recognize that many ACA elements are actually quite popular, including:
The Kline-Ryan-Upton plan would likely make coverage less affordable for millions of Americans, particularly those who are older and in poorer-than-average health, thereby increasing the ranks of the uninsured and underinsured. It wouldn’t come close to achieving the benefits that the ACA provides today.