Copy, paste. The GOP’s same non-plan gets recycled.

Feb 6, 2015

Yesterday, Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch, House Commerce Chairman Fred Upton, and Senator Richard Burr sent out a press release announcing their party’s “plan” to replace the Affordable Care Act.

New? Hardly. They even used the exact same press release they sent a year ago. They just swapped Senator Coburn for Rep. Upton. Not to mention, there’s still no bill.

The American people are tired of Republicans playing politics with their health care. The Affordable Care Act works.

THE FACTS:

Expanded coverage:

  • 12 million uninsured Americans got covered in 2014, the first year ACA’s coverage provisions were in effect, according to CBO.
  • 10.1 million additional individuals have enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP since the beginning of Open Enrollment in October 2013.
  • 3 million young adults have gained health coverage because they can now stay on their parents’ health plan up to age 26.

New consumer protections:

  • 129 million Americans with pre-existing health conditions no longer have to worry about being denied coverage or charged higher premiums due to their health status. 
  • 105 million Americans no longer have a lifetime limit or an annual limit on their coverage. 
  • 8.2 million seniors have saved more than $11.5 billion on their prescription drugs since 2010 – an average of $1,407 per senior.
  • Since the enactment of the ACA, the solvency of the Medicare Trust Fund has been extended by 13 years

Savings for consumers:

  • Americans have saved $9 billion since 2011, because of the new requirement that insurers have to spend at least 80 percent of every premium dollar they receive on quality health care. 
  • 87 percent of consumers buying health plans in the Marketplace are receiving tax credits to make their plans affordable.  Nearly 7 in 10 consumers in the Marketplace can get covered for $100 or less a month after tax credits.
  • 76 million Americans in private plans have received new or expanded access to free preventive services, with no co-pay. 

Savings for taxpayers:

  • Over the last few years, health care spending has been growing at the slowest rate in over 50 years – benefiting taxpayers and consumers. 
  • Taxpayers have saved $116 billion through improvements to Medicare health delivery under the ACA.
  • $19.2 billion has been recovered for taxpayers from stepped-up anti-fraud efforts in Medicare and other health programs under the ACA. 

Improved quality:

  • 50,000 lives and $12 billion have been saved, due to a 17 percent reduction in hospital-acquired conditions, such as infections, from 2010 to 2013, under the ACA. 
  • Under the ACA, unnecessary hospital readmissions in Medicare have fallen for the first time on record, resulting in 150,000 fewer readmissions.
  • In 2014, in a survey, 78 percent of newly insured consumers in the Marketplace, including 74 percent of Republicans, expressed satisfaction with their coverage. 
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