Vice President for Health Policy
For months, the Administration has promised that it has a plan for Americans’ health care if it wins its lawsuit seeking to eliminate the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The President has also pledged to pursue ACA repeal legislation in 2021 if Republicans control Congress.
The President’s new budget doesn’t outline a health care plan. Instead, it includes an “allowance for the President’s health reform vision”: a line of numbers backed up with minimal policy specifics. But despite the lack of detail, the budget sheds light on what the President’s vision for health care entails, including significant cuts and an empty promise to protect people with pre-existing conditions.
Here are five takeaways.
The proposed cuts would cause millions of people to lose coverage. By 2030, the annual cuts to Medicaid and the ACA would be almost as large as the cuts that would result from simply eliminating the ACA’s Medicaid expansion and its premium tax credits that help low- and moderate-income people afford health insurance, as the lawsuit would do. Eliminating those programs would cause 20 million people to lose coverage.
And while the budget doesn’t explain most of its cuts, the few policies it does specify would cause very large coverage losses. The budget would: