"Advocate (Health Care) is opposed to the American Health Care Act in its current form,"
While based in the
"We are particularly concerned that this bill will significantly reduce coverage for the 21 million Americans who became insured through the Affordable Care Act (ACA)," Woltman said.
The legislation would keep the ACA, also known as Obamacare, protections for people with pre-existing medical conditions looking to buy insurance and would allow young adults to stay on their parents' health insurance until age 26.
But it would repeal the requirement that people must buy health insurance or face fines.
The bill also would get rid of tax credits that many low- and middle-income Illinoisans used to help buy insurance on the exchange. The amount of the tax credit depended on a person's income. The new bill would give people tax credits based on their ages.
The bill would also no longer provide a federal match for people on
"Our message to
"My reaction is mixed," said
"Due to ACA provisions allowing
"From a public health point of view, we want people to have access to health care for prevention and treatment," Coverston Anderson said.
The bill also cuts public health prevention funding, which could affect programs combating obesity, tobacco use and infectious disease outbreaks, she said.
The draft of the American Health Care Act is "a step in the right direction," LaHood said.
"It gives big tax breaks to the wealthy and cuts benefits for lower-income people," said
"I see it as a failure," said
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