Recent news that the US Senate is pressing to revive a 2015 bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) without any kind of replacement is extremely concerning to Iowans. Of key concern are proposed changes to the Medicaid program.
The Obamacare Repeal Reconciliation Act (ORRA), an updated version of the 2015 repeal bill that passed the Congress but was vetoed by President Obama, would result in 32 million more people uninsured in 2026 and $842 billion in federal spending being cut from the Medicaid program from 2017-2026.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) plans to bring to the Senate floor early this week a Motion to Proceed to a vote on legislation to repeal parts of ACA, either by way of ORRA or a revised version of Better Care Reconciliation Act, which would still create 22 million uninsured Americans and cut $756 billion from Medicaid.
A vote of this magnitude will have severe implications on Iowans and the health care providers they depend on. All Iowans must urge Senators Grassley and Ernst to oppose any legislation that would reduce current coverage provided by Medicaid and vote NO on the Motion to Proceed.