House Republicans plan to begin rolling back Obamacare’s coverage of the personal cleanliness and health care expenses of millions of Americans, a move that could leave millions without coverage under the controversial Republican healthcare bill, sources said.
The House Republican healthcare plan would remove essential health benefits like maternity care and prescription drugs from the Affordable Care Act, and replace them with a “bare minimum” of a monthly stipend of $7, as outlined in the bill released Thursday.
House Republicans plan also aims to eliminate all subsidies for those who purchase health insurance on the ACA marketplaces and force all insurers to offer lower deductibles and co-pays, while imposing steep tax hikes on those making between $75,000 and $199,000 a year.
The bill would also repeal a number of protections for Americans who receive insurance through the ACA, including protections for people with pre-existing conditions, and repeal a provision that allowed the government to impose penalties on companies that didn’t comply with Obamacare requirements for providing certain health insurance coverage.
The bill also proposes to strip away some protections for those with preexisting conditions, which could affect millions of people.
The White House has previously called the repeal of the ACA “unworkable,” and has suggested that the House GOP plan will fail to deliver on the promised tax cuts.
The Republican healthcare legislation has been largely stalled since the end of the first week of the 112th Congress, but some House Republicans appear to be open to moving forward with the bill.
On Thursday, House Speaker Paul Ryan announced that he will hold a vote on the bill on Friday, after which it will move on to the Senate.
Ryan has previously suggested that a vote is “imminent” and “a matter of when, not if.”
“If you want to move quickly, we’re going to work with you to get this done,” Ryan said on the House floor last week.
But the House Republican plan is also likely to face intense resistance from Democrats and independents.
Many in the House have expressed concerns about the plan, including Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, who said Thursday that “the proposal we are about to vote on, the one that the Republicans are about dovetailing with, is not a package that I am comfortable with.”
“I do not think this is a package worth voting on,” Schiff said.
“It is a bad bill, and I think it is a very bad bill for the American people,” Schiff added.
The repeal bill has been the focus of fierce criticism from the left and the right, with many conservatives arguing that it will hurt people and hurt the economy.
The White House argues that it would be good for the economy because it would provide more tax relief for the middle class, but that Republicans could also benefit from the repeal bill if it helps the wealthy.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated in April that the GOP healthcare plan will cost $1.4 trillion over a decade, but has found that the plan would save more than $500 billion.