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Obamacare repeal bills could put coverage out of reach for millions of sick Americans

Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Michael Epps, who receives Medicaid insurance coverage, at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento. (Associated Press)
Dr. Leonid Basovich examines Michael Epps, who receives Medicaid insurance coverage, at the WellSpace Clinic in Sacramento. (Associated Press)

President Trump and congressional Republicans, despite repeated pledges to preserve sick Americans’ access to health coverage, are poised to scrap this core insurance protection in their campaign to roll back the Affordable Care Act.

Both the House GOP bill that passed in May and the revised Senate GOP bill unveiled last week effectively eliminate the coverage guarantee by allowing health insurers to once again sell skimpier plans and charge more to people with preexisting health conditions who need more-comprehensive coverage.

At the same time, the House and Senate bills dramatically scale back financial aid to low- and moderate-income consumers, and slash funding for Medicaid, the government safety-net plan that has helped millions of sick and poor Americans gain coverage.

That combination — looser insurance requirements and less financial assistance for patients — will once again put health plans out of reach for millions of sick Americans, according to numerous analyses.

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